Apple's Xsan to be Delayed Until Early 2005

Apple Computer admitted Monday it will miss its self-imposed deadline for shipping its Xsan storage management software and that it will not be available until early next year.

CNET reported that the company refused further comment and gave no explanation in the delay.

Xsan, which will sell for US$999, was scheduled to be released on or before Monday. Apple announced its plans for the product at the National Association of Broadcasteris show last April.

Xsan is a storage area network file system for enterprise-level deployments that lets multiple computers concurrently access terabytes of storage on Xserve RAID over high-speed Fibre Channel housed on Xserve RAID disks, Appleis rack-mounted storage system.