Apple Computer is set to ship a new file system and an upgraded server.

The Xsan storage area network (SAN) is a 64-bit clustered file system for Mac OS X that consolidates storage resources and gives multiple computers read/write access to shared volumes in a Fibre Channel SAN.

Xsan administrative software provides volume management, configuration and remote monitoring. Administrators can set quotas for users with the Xsan administrative tool. Xsan can be used in Windows, Unix and Linux when deployed with ADIC’s StorNext File System.

The company has also upgraded its Xserve server, adding a faster processor and additional storage. The 2.3-GHz dual-processor G5 Xserve offers 35 gigaflops of processing in a 1U (1.75-inch) high box. It has as many as three 400G-byte drives for a total of 1.2T bytes of storage. The upgraded G5 also offers as much as 8G bytes of memory and two 64-bit PCI-X slots.

The Xserve G5 ships in three configurations: a single 2.0-GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB drive; a dual-processor 2.3-GHz model with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB drive; and, a cluster-optimised Xserve with two 2.3-GHz processors, 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.