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Studio Network Solutions Xtarget Storage Server for your Mac

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Xtarget – Transform your Mac into a powerful, amazingly fast SAN storage server.

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Xtarget is the only software built for OS X that enables you to inexpensively transform your Mac into an iSCSI SAN storage server. Just connect your 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 orSANmp.

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

Transform

Unlock the power of your Intel Mac – turn it into an iSCSI SAN server with Xtarget storage server software for OS X.

Perform

Present your Thunderbolt, FireWire, and USB storage over GbE or 10GbE iSCSI for a high performance media network.

Share

Share practically any storage device! Use SANmp or Xsan to share your fast iSCSI storage network with other users.

With Xtarget and iSANmp, we turned our Mac Mini and Promise Thunderbolt array into a production SAN for our FCP X suites. The improvement to our workflow has been massively enhanced. We’re very pleased with the balance of price, quality, and most of all: the exceptional level of service we’ve experienced. Many thanks to the SNS team for going the extra mile!

Christopher Mattock, Flow Motion, Inc.
  • Turn direct-attached disks into SAN storage
  • Connect Thunderbolt, USB, FireWire, Fibre Channel disks
  • Use with Time Machine Backup/LAN or WAN
  • Enable “Cloud” access to DAS/Local storage
  • Install onto a Mac Mini for the ultimate portable SAN

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. 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.

wnload the Xtarget Storage Server software and instantly present your locally attached storage over iSCSI using your Mac. (If you plan to have multiple computers accessing the same drives, be sure to download iSANmp or use Apple’s Xsan filesystem included with OS X Lion and later.)

Xtarget is the only software built for OS X that enables you to inexpensively transform your Mac into an iSCSI SAN storage server. Just connect your 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 orSANmp.

Expand

Create a complete iSCSI SAN environment using your existing storage and other hardware. Add more storage as needed.

Share

Use SANmp or Xsan to share direct-attached and internal storage, enabling you to coordinate media and collaborate on projects with everyone in your workgroup.

Reuse

Save time and money by using the tools you already own. No extra cards, switches, drives, servers, or IT staff to buy!

Watch the Xtarget Video

See how quickly and easily you can install the Xtarget Storage Server software and begin using it. In this short video we’ll demonstrate the entire process of creating an OS X software SAN from start-to-finish.

Build your own iSCSI Xsan

Using iSCSI as a connection for Xsan volumes is a reality using Xtarget. With globalSAN Xtarget and Initiator you can build your very own iSCSI Xsan environment. Create separate targets for Metadata LUNs and Media LUNs, and connect to them all via iSCSI over GbE or 10GbE.

Xtarget Cloud

Configure your storage server’s firewall to allow incoming iSCSI connections. You can then access your Xtarget-shared storage from anywhere in the world.

 

Common Ways to Use Xtarget

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Post production SAN

Applications like Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Smoke, and Pro Tools can have enormous requirements for throughput and data capacity. Companies who use these professional applications typically have a dedicated appliance for their SAN (like this one) so that everyone can get shared access to lots of really fast storage. But not every shop has the size or budget for a larger purpose-built system.

With Xtarget, you can get the benefits of a SAN (fast, sharable storage that’s compatible with your applications), but you build it at a lower cost because you’re able to use the storage and network you already own.

 

Field SAN

As content is acquired, Xtarget can share Thunderbolt drives to a workgroup in a hotel room or mobile rig. The benefits being that multiple laptops can start to log, catalog, encode and transcode, develop scripts and stories, and even create rough edits before the content makes it to the post facility for post production.

Client Content Acquisition

Many clients are providing file based content to post facilities on portable drives. By placing the drive on the network via Xtarget, you can start to Ingest, transcode and encode from multiple workstations and servers within minutes of ingest.

Time Machine Backup

Use Xtarget to setup a shared, consolidated TMB server for multiple users – each user can have his own password-protected iSCSI volume for Time Machine, without the hassle of direct-attached external disks.

iPhoto storage

Huge iPhoto library? No problem! Put it on an Xtarget-shared volume for fast and easy accessibility by anyone in your workgroup. You can even setup the permissions so that only certain people can make changes to the library!

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The globalSAN Xtarget GUI installs into the OS X System Preferences utility. Watch the “how to” video above for quick instructions on setting up an Xtarget SAN.
 

System Requirements

  • Intel Mac, 10.6.8 or higher
  • Firewire, USB, Thunderbolt, eSATA, Internal SATA or Fibre Channel storage
  • globalSAN iSCSI initiator (for Mac computers)
  • Microsoft iSCSI initiator (for Windows computers)
  • Xsan or iSANmp (for multi-user access)
  • For more details, review the help file (located in /Applications/globalSAN/) included with globalSAN
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