ATTO Technology Inc. this week announced driver support for Mac OS X Mountain Lion for a variety of its products.
The company said its Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBA), ExpressSAS/SATA HBAs and RAID adapters, FastFrame network interface cards and converged network adapters, as well as its ExpressPCI SCSI HBAs, now support the latest Apple operating system.
ATTO also announced Mac OS X Mountain Lion support for its Xtend SAN iSCSI initiator and its Power Center software. Xtend SAN allows Mac users to access block storage over Ethernet, while Power Center is a RAID application that the company claims can improve storage performance when used in conjunction with its Celerity, ExpressSAS/SATA and ExpressPCI products.
According to ATTO, these products are aimed at media and entertainment, government and education customers.
According to Greg Schulz, founder and analyst with the Stillwater, Minn.-based Storage IO Group, while Apple OS support may not be essential in the big cloud, physical or virtualized datacenters, it is essential in the workgroups, departmental, SMBs and SOHOs that rely on those solutions for creating, editing, moving and storing content. He also noted that multimedia content frequently created on Apple computers can take up a good deal of storage capacity.
"Keep in mind that the size -- and in particular -- the amount of data storage capacity attached to an Apple workstation or server is increasing," Schulz said. "After all, there is no such thing as a data recession, particularly in the realm where Apple products are used for creating content."