As promised, here’s quick listing of some of the storage related vendors spotted on the MacWorld show floor, with a focus on inexpensive RAID solutions:
1. 2°Frost Data Solutions showed their new turnkey ATA over Ethernet (AoE) systems for Macs, which rely on their own Mac OS X AoE driver. This is an inexpensive alternative to iSCSI or Fibre Channel for high-bandwidth network storage.
2. Accusys introduced their ACS-62000, an External PCI Express (ePCIe) RAID controller, which allows you to RAID external SATA2 drives over a PCIe bus, providing a cheaper, faster solution than a similar SCSI configuration.
3. CalDigit showed their S2VR series of External SATA (eSATA) RAID solutions (hardware 0, 1, 10). Their own HBA is bundled, which includes the single “SuperLane” cable to connect to the single eSATA port on the drive enclosure, a much cleaner system than the multiple connections required with other eSATA solutions.
5. G-Technology, known for their killer quad-interface drive enclosure (soon available with the 1TB Hitachi drive), showed their recently announced G-Speed 4GB FC and Ultra320 SCSI RAID storage solutions (hardware 0, 1, 3, 5, 6), which look like serious competition to the Xserve RAID.
6. Sans Digital showed their new Mobile Silver RAID Storage line featuring hardware RAID (0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6) and triple interfaces (USB 2, FireWire 800, eSATA), all in a 10 inch cube able to hold up to 3.75TB of storage.