View Full Version : Xserve RAID to use Firewire?

Jan 29, 2003, 08:31 PM
MacWhispers (http://www.envestco2.com/macwhispers/0000018.html) claims that the upcoming Xserve RAID enclosure will utilize 1394b instead of Fibre Channel as previously announced by Apple.

Jan 29, 2003, 09:49 PM
If they did this, I would hope that they would still provide Fibre Channel as an option.

The Xserve RAID battery replacement PDF (ftp://ftp.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Misc/Inserts/073-0758-a.pdf) shows what appears to be easily swappable interface cards, so it should be possible.

Feb 2, 2003, 12:12 PM
I think the Xserve has one slot for a PCI card, which could be the fiber interface card.

Fiber channel is usually for really big shops, with multi-terabyte storage arrays from EMC, Hitachi, etc. I don't think shops like that would be interested in a dinky little Apple RAID box.

So, FW800 would be a better interface for building a smaller Xserve set up for companies with somewhat smaller storage requirements.

It's astonishing how long this product is taking to come to market, though, isn't it?:confused:

Feb 10, 2003, 01:14 PM
MacWhispers' report was clearly incorrect.