“SAN file systems are a great idea, if you can afford one. They enable multiple users simultaneous access to the same file, but the price tag for this functionality, which includes sophisticated stuff like multi-platform data sharing, policy-based provisioning and file-level locking, is outrageously steep,” Jo Maitland reports for SearchStorage.com.
“For example, the starter pack for IBM’s SAN file system costs $90,000, while Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), considered one of the cheaper options, charges between $3,000 to $5,000 per node,” Maitland reports. “Apple Computer, Inc. plans to undo this notion of expensive storage software with the launch of its Xsan SAN file system this fall, for just $999. It’s also worth noting that Apple doesn’t charge more when you add extra storage to the SAN.”
“Peter Gerr, senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, noted that most users are unlikely to hire Apple to design a 5,000-port SAN, just like they wouldn’t look to IBM to design a cool walkman or handle post production on a movie. However, he said Apple’s pricing is a departure from its usual model. ‘They tend to command premiums, and users are typically ready to pay more for the luxury of using well-made equipment