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Bob Zelin
Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 6, 2011 at 9:36:58 pm

free is a pretty good price. I wonder how this will affect the other companies that are selling propriatary software to accomplish this - EVEN if their products are better, and easier to use.

Bob Zelin



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Andrew Richards
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 6, 2011 at 11:30:25 pm

Good point made in the Xsan forum- does "built-in" necessarily mean "no additional charge"? I suspect it does, but we'll see in July...

Best,
Andy Richards

VP of Product Development
Keeper Technology


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Andrew Richards
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 7, 2011 at 2:32:14 am

Strike that, I confirmed with one of my little birdies in Apple- Xsan client is included at no additional cost with Lion. $29 buys you the OS and the Xsan client license. $50 buys Lion Server with Xsan Admin license.

Now we need to see what the Thunderbolt fibre adapters are going to cost....

Best,
Andy Richards

VP of Product Development
Keeper Technology


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Bob Zelin
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 7, 2011 at 2:42:14 am

that price is just sick.

bob



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Andrew Richards
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 7, 2011 at 3:55:28 am

Well you still need the HBA and the fibre channel switch, but for a small Xsan you could use a little Qlogic 1400 and I'm holding out hope there will be a sub-$1,000 Thunderbolt fibre channel HBA to go with this.

But dropping the $999 Xsan tax helps a lot!

Best,
Andy Richards

VP of Product Development
Keeper Technology


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Jason Myres
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 7, 2011 at 4:07:41 am

Wait, Andrew....you're the one with the little birdies? lol.

JM


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Andrew Richards
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 7, 2011 at 4:18:59 am

Only when I get hit with a cartoon mallet.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 8, 2011 at 1:14:36 am

[Andrew Richards] "$29 buys you the OS and the Xsan client license. $50 buys Lion Server with Xsan Admin license."

Wow -- I had been assuming that Xsan would eventually go away entirely, and that Quantum would start supporting StorNext on the Mac. I would have never guessed that Xsan would become practically free.

Walter Soyka
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Chuck McMakin
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 8, 2011 at 5:14:34 pm

And now the question becomes... "Which storage solution providers have the expertise to help their clients with these new XSAN installs and ongoing support???"

Will Apple continue to sell XSAN support? The support sku is still on the web store today for $799 (and that's PER SEAT folks!)

Anybody thinking they will be getting "free" help from Apple with a new XSAN install is likely to be in for a bit of a rude awakening. You going to drag your entire XSAN up to the "Genius Bar"? Good luck with that!

Now that it seems nobody will need an XSAN medallion to resell the product (which involved an authorized reseller's requirement to participate in Apple's associated product training), the differences regarding service and support from your hardware & software vendors become an even more critical factor than ever.

So... yes it is exciting that XSAN is being released into the wild. Sadly, this turn of events also means there will be dozens (if not hundreds) of lesser experienced storage chop-shops trying to sell XSAN on the cheap with little to no support... Caveat emptor!

Chuck McMakin
JMR Electronics, Inc. /
Phone: (818) 993-4801 x136 /
Email: chuckm@jmr.com


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Nick Hasson
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:00:32 pm

This makes the caldigit super share look real real nice! 5k and I have a SAN! WOO HOO!

Nick Hasson
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Bob Zelin
Re: Apple XSAN is now FREE with OS X Lion
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:21:33 am

you can spend less than this Nick. You already have the drives, and 10Gig cards. Contact me, and I will tell you what to do.

Bob Zelin



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