The new G5s: Built for XSan.


One of the things that struck me when I was looking at the specs for the new G5s was how well-suited the new G5s are, across the entire line, for plugging into an XSan system. With the extra gigabit port to plug into the private metadata network that XSan requires and the fast bus speeds, the only thing you’d need to add to the stock build to integrate it directly into an existing XSan setup is a fibre-channel card and the XSan software.

With the ability to cram up to 16 gigs of memory into the new G5s and the upgraded video cards, the G5’s are attractive to both the entertainment and television industries who need both exceptional horsepower and large amounts of memory to work with uncompressed video. In turn, these companies are embracing XSan as a way to share large amounts (in the two or three digit terabyte range) of storage among an entire video editing suite. By producing a box well-suited for both XSan integration and high-end editing, I think Apple’s making a move to increase its market share in those industries while building on the gains the company has made with Shake, Final Cut Pro, SoundTrack Pro and Logic Pro.

Thoughts? Leave them in the comments below.


Frank Bruno

I think the real advantage will be when Apple upgrades the FibreChannel card to take advantage of these new PCI slots. That’s still a potential bottleneck in an Xsan solution, right?

But yeah, these are workhorses and definitely suited to a hi-def workflow environment, where Xsan will be deployed.


Wasn’t the powermac G5 always well-suited to high-end editing? Isn’t this the point of the G5? You’re right though, the xsan support does make it even better suited.



I could not have set it better myself,

I actually am a former Apple QA engineer at Apple on Final Cut Pro, and a longtime and current IT systems pro, now living in Los Angeles.

I did a huge Xsan rollout for Bunim Murray with 45 G5’s, etc.

These aree gonna sell like hotcakes and hope it gives me a lot of business.
If you know of anyone in need of FCP and / or Xsan consulting, let me know, thanks.

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