ATTO Technology Inc. announced today that it will beef up its ATTO ExpressStripe for Mac OS X to include RAID level 1 and RAID level 0+1 in its Mac OS X disk storage RAID software application. The company has also announced what it says is the industry’s first dual-channel fibre channel host adapter to support Mac OS X.
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The enhanced version of ATTO ExpressStripe for Mac OS X will offer Mac users fault tolerant RAID capability and will take advantage of Mac OS X 10.2, offering Mac users the capability to “mirror” their data. Mirroring offers fault tolerance by storing data on one drive then duplicating or “mirroring” it to a second drive.
Meanwhile, the company ‘s ExpressPCI FC 3320 2-Gigabit dual channel Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) will give Mac OS X users will have the ability to connect directly to high-performance Storage Area Networks (SANs) upon the release of ATTO’s dual channel Fibre Channel OS X driver. Using an ATTO ExpressPCI FC 3320 dual channel host adapter with two 2 independent Gigabit channels, Mac users will now be able to double the number of devices that can be connected to the Mac while using only one PCI slot. The ATTO ExpressPCI FC 3320 adapter also auto-negotiates Fibre Channel speeds, which means that one channel can be used for 2-Gigabit peripherals and the other for slower 1-Gigabit devices with zero degradation on the faster devices.