Macworld: Apple brings G5 to Xserve, updates Xserve RAID

Apple's newest Power Macs aren't the only Macs with G5 processors anymore. Now the company's Xserve also features the G5, and CEO Steve Jobs explained the details during his Macworld Conference & Expo keynote address.

The new G5 Xserve features either single or dual 2.0GHz G5 processors, a new system controller with up to 8GB of PC3200 error correcting code (ECC) memory, up to 750GB of storage, dual onboard GigaBit Ethernet, optional internal hardware RAID, dual PCI-X slots that support 133MHz PCI-X cards with over 1GBps of throughput, and FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports. It ships with Mac OS X Server v10.3 and unlimited user licenses. The single processor model is US$2,999 and the dual processor model is $3,999; both will be available in February.

Apple also upgraded its companion to the G5 Xserve: the Xserve RAID, a 3U rack storage system with up to 3.5TB of storage, up to 210MBps throughput, support for Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) connectors, 14 independent ATA/100 drive channels, and RAID Set Slicing that allows administrators to partition RAID sets into up to 16 segments. It's also certified on Windows XP Pro and Windows 2003 Server as well as various versions of Linux.

Xserve RAID is available now in three configurations: a $5,999 model with 1TB of storage; a $7,499 model with 1.75TB of storage; and a $10,999 model with 3.5TB of storage. Build-to-order options are also available.

In addition, Xserve RAID can connect to any Xserve or Power Mac with a dual-channel 2GB Apple Fibre Channel PCI card that sells for $499.

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