Sonnet's RackMac mini Xserver Enables a Mac Mini with Thunderbolt Technology to Become a Full-Function Metadata Controller and More
With the addition of a Fibre Channel adapter card plugged into the integrated PCIe 2.0 slot plus an Ethernet adapter (either connected to the computer’s USB port or to the second Thunderbolt port via Sonnet’s EchoÃ¢Â„Â¢ ExpressCard ®/34 Thunderbolt Adapter), RackMac mini Xserver can transform a Mac mini into a full-function metadata controller for an Xsan ® or metaSAN metadata master. Racking up a second RackMac mini Xserver provides two redundant metadata controllers occupying a total of just 2U of rack space and costing a fraction of available alternatives.
RackMac mini Xserver can expand a Mac mini’s potential uses in many other ways. For example, users can install a high-performance video capture card and connect a Sonnet QioÃ¢Â„Â¢ Professional Universal Media Reader through Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter to the extra Thunderbolt port to deploy video capture services to a workgroup. With the addition of one or more storage systems connected to a high-performance RAID controller, users can deploy virtually unlimited RAID-protected shared storage across the network.
“With the discontinuation of Apple’s Xserve, there has been a gap in the market that the Mac mini Server has not been able to address by itself,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “The RackMac mini Xserver gives the Mac mini Server the ability to handle a new range of services. This powerful computer can now meet its full potential as the heart of mission-critical server environments. The possibilities are nearly limitless.”
The RackMac mini Xserver is expected to be available at the end of November, with pricing to be announced at a later date.
For more information: www.sonnettech.com.
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