Apple Storage Device Delayed

Apple Storage Device Delayed

Evan Koblentz

Apple Computer Inc. today said that its first external storage product won’t hit the market until at least early 2003, according to a posting on the company’s corporate Web site.

“We’ve received an overwhelming thumbs up on our Xserve 1U rack-mount server from customers and reviewers since it started shipping in July and now we’re working hard to deliver Xserve’s companion RAID product in early 2003, not by the end of calendar 2002 as originally announced,” the Apple posting read.

Apple gave no reason for the delay of the as-yet unnamed network-attached storage unit it describes as a “companion RAID product.” Apple officials were not immediately available for comment.

Industry analyst Rob Enderle, of Giga Group Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif. said the delay is symbolic of bigger problems at the Cupertino, Calif. computer company.

“I think it’s more the case that they really don’t have a market for this thing yet,” Enderle said. “They would’ve been able to private-brand something overnight. That shouldn’t have been a major problem.”

Apple also plans its own host-bus adapter, for users of Xserve to connect to 2 Gbps Fibre Channel storage devices, and also plans to support management software from IBM’s Tivoli division as well as from Veritas Software Corp., officials have said.

Copyright © 2002 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in Storage Supersite.