Apple will make available on Monday Xsan 1.3, the latest release of the company’s storage area network software.
According to Apple, the 1.3 release now supports Fibre Channel Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) greater than 2TB in size and 7TB Xserve RAID users no longer have to slice their storage and potentially impact storage bandwidth in order to maximize their storage usage.
Xsan 1.3 is designed to support Tiger systems running 10.4.5 (or later), Panther system running 10.3.9 and includes a new Xsan Admin application for use with all Xsan deployments, even those continuing to run earlier releases, according to Apple.
Apple said the latest release includes fixes for labeling and initializing LUNs greater than 2TB in size; preventing labeled LUNs from becoming unlabeled; improving AFP performance when re-sharing Xsan volumes; more accurate file permissions when sharing Xsan volumes via AFP; accessing Xsan volumes larger than 16 terabytes in size; greater server stability when re-sharing Xsan volumes via NFS; handling quotas with no associated user or group name; maintaining access to Xsan volumes when metadata controller fail-overs occur; providing metadata controller services to 10.3.9 and 10.4 systems running Xsan 1.2; operating Xsan in environments with a mix of 10.3.9 and 10.4 systems; and compatibility with third-party applications and devices.
Xsan 1.3 will be available from Apple at 1:00 PM on Monday.