Xsan is an Apple's SAN file system software enabling you to share one or more RAID devices with multiple Xserve or Macintosh systems. Xsan will also work with third party fibre channel storage devices with limited support from Apple. With the Xsan file system installed, these computers can read and write to the same storage volume at the same time. Xsan is a complete storage area network (SAN) solution which includes the metadata controller software, the file system client software, and integrated setup, management and monitoring tools.
According to the Xsan homepage: "You may also use Xsan in a cross-platform environment alongside Windows-, UNIX- and Linux-based systems, using the Quantum StorNext File System, which is 100% interoperable with Xsan."
In May 2006, Apple released Xsan 1.2 with support for volume sizes of nearly 2 petabytes.
Apple delivers SAN system.(Apple Computer Inc. introduced Xsan, a storage-area network file system and enhanced Apple XServe G5, server)(Brief Article)
Jan 10, 2005; Byline: DENI CONNOR Apple announced last week that it has shipped a new file system and an upgraded server. The Xsan...