An XRAID and Fibre Channel Question

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by NOTNlCE, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

    NOTNlCE

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    Hey folks -

    Just a quick question about how Fibre Channels work. Currently, my home server is an '06 Xserve connected via 4 Port Fibre Card to my XRAID for home Time Machine backups and mass/remote storage. The Xserve handles a few other services using OS X Lion Server, but that's irrelevant.

    The question is, should the Xserve die or should I desire to replace it, as it's loud, heavy, hot, and power-inefficient, is there any way (apart from using a Mac Pro or a Hack with a PCIe slot) to keep the Fibre Channels either via adapter or something else? Preferably not a solution that's crazy expensive like a Thunderbolt PCIe Case to use the Fibre Card. Obviously, something like a USB 3.0 Storage Array would be better, but I stockpiled IDE drives and I'd love to get my use out of the XRAID and Xserve. Just wondering as a failsafe or upgrade option.

    The bit of research I've done shows that this is probably not possible, but I just want to see if anyone here knows of an alternative.

    Thanks as always,
    -N
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    A few companies do make a Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapter. They are pricy, so much that it would be a better idea to get a new NAS than use with with an XRAID.
     
  3. NOTNlCE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what my research has turned up as well. Unfortunate that USB 3.0 can't be converted to Fibre.
     

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