Technology at Geneseo Community School District 228
Right before the school year began I installed a new lower controller on Apple’s XServe Raid device, this device is no longer available from Apple but remains a great product. This module needed replacement as towards the end of last year intermittently the XServe Raid would lose communication with this controller and downgrade the performance of the machine. Interestingly, even though the controller was failing the data remained intact and the drive still worked although at a slower pace. This storage array holds all student data moves data at a respectable solid 2 gbps per channel (2 channels). With Seven drives slots available per each controller for a total of 14 drives this devices is scalable and works perfect for our 2000+ student users. With Two dedicated XServe’s this system is capable of logging in 300+ students at the same time.
Replacing the failed Controller is pretty straightforward. Power Down the Xserve Raid, pull out the controller module in the back, replace with new module. Power On Xserve Raid – upgrade firmware on new controller.
Controller for XServe Raid
Installed New Module Working
Running the latest firmware The Xserve Raid is capable of handling 750 gigabyte disk making it possible to create a vary sizable storage disk.
It is unfortunate that Apple has moved away from the server market as the Xserve Raid and Xserve Servers were expensive but overall very solid stable products – that is at least running up to OS 10.6.8 Server.
Xserve Raid working