Studio Network Solutions Unveils New globalSAN Xtarget Storage Server Software for Mac OS X at NAB 2012

Share Article

New software product transforms any Intel Mac into a powerful SAN server

globalSAN Xtarget Diagram

globalSAN Xtarget Software Connectivity Diagram

With Xtarget, a Mac Mini, and a few pounds of hardware, you can have a multi-user SAN that travels with you to the field, hotel, and other on-location work. You can even present your Xtarget disks to the cloud for remote users.

Studio Network Solutions (SNS), a premier provider of post-production storage products for video and audio workgroups, today unveiled the unique capabilities of its new software product, globalSAN Xtarget Storage Server.

Xtarget is the only software built for OS X that enables customers to inexpensively transform an Intel Mac into an iSCSI SAN storage server. Users can connect Thunderbolt, USB, and FireWire DAS (Direct Attach Storage) devices to a Mac with Xtarget installed, then present the storage over Ethernet as iSCSI devices, which can then be shared using Xsan.

The driving benefit of Xtarget is that it enables customers to quickly create a SAN using components they’re likely to already own, thus saving time and money yet still getting the performance and workflow benefits of a typical SAN.

Customers quickly understand the value in building a SAN with hardware they already have. “With Xtarget and iSANmp, we turned our Mac Mini and Promise Thunderbolt array into a production SAN for our FCP X suites,” states Christopher Mattock, President of Flow Motion, Inc. “The improvement to our workflow has been massively enhanced. We're very pleased.”

“Xtarget can present just about any local storage over iSCSI, but in fact, Xtarget is proving to have use cases above and beyond what would be considered for a traditional SAN,” states Ryan Stoutenborough, President of Studio Network Solutions. “For example: with Xtarget, a Mac Mini, and a few pounds of hardware, you can have a multi-user SAN that travels with you to the field, hotel, and other on-location work. You can even present your Xtarget disks to the cloud for remote users.”

Xtarget is compatible with any Intel Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or Lion. It can be used with FireWire, Thunderbolt, USB, eSATA, Fibre Channel, and SAS disks. The common use will be for multiple users to share common pools of storage, so Xtarget is compatible with Xsan, iSANmp, and other similar sharing software.

globalSAN Xtarget is a new component of the globalSAN iSCSI Initiator for OS X. A 14-day trial can be installed by downloading the globalSAN package. Xtarget Storage Server is available immediately for $899 USD.

At NAB
For more information, visit SNS at NAB 2012 in booth SL13207 and in its “workflow ecosystem” partners’ locations: SL11509 (Square Box Systems), SL10508 (Cache-A), and SL9109 (Marquise Technologies).

About Studio Network Solutions
Studio Network Solutions (SNS) is a leading developer and provider of technologies for production storage, networking and workflow efficiency for the media and entertainment industries. The company offers proven software and hardware solutions for digital artists working in production companies, studios, and corporate media production. Products include Evo, SANmp, globalSAN iSCSI Initiator and globalSAN Xtarget Storage Server.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Ryan Stoutenborough
Visit website