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Monday, 08 November 2010 10:22

Apple kills off Xserve

Written by Nick Farell


Had not been updated for three years
After not updating the hardware for three years, Apple has pulled the plug on its Xserve.

Xserve is Apple's server product for large businesses. Apple says it will continue to support the hardware, including warranties and customer service. In its place, Apple is offering a server edition of the MacPro. It will cost $2,999 and have a 2.8 gigahertz quad-core Intel Xeon processor.

It can be configured with up to two 2.93 gigahertz six-core Xeon processors, and up to 32GB of memory. It also has four hard drive bays, and will come with Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard. Not quite sure if this will stack up against PC offerings for large busineses. Rumours are that Apple wants to increase its market share of the commercial sector in the US beyond the 3.6 percent it has now. We say commercial sector, but this is pretty much the “entertainment and publishing business”.

Apple has alson been peddling the iPhone and iPad as enterprise devices, despite the fact that big business wants security on its toys and Apple has refused to supply it.

Nick Farell

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-6 #1 Naterm 2010-11-08 10:56
Almost every Apple article you write is inaccurate. Apple last updated the Xserve sometime in 2009...probably about a year and half ago. I'd guess somewhere between March and June when the Xeon 55xx sequence processors first launched. Q2 2009 is a big difference from Q4 2007.

On one hand I can see why Apple is dropping it, something like this (running one OS install no less) is definitely over kill for serving a few Mac Pros in the art department.
 
 
+3 #2 ghelyar 2010-11-08 13:24
Goodbye Xserve, you will not be missed.

I only know one company that ever used these and it is an "Internet TV channel", although all the editing is done by the individual shows - they just use those machines to produce different resolutions and formats, and I never worked out why they didn't just use ffmpeg on Linux for that.


As for the latest update, if they are using 32nm 6-core Gulftown Xeons, they must have been updated fairly recently. Those barely work in any 1366 workstation/server motherboards.
 
 
-3 #3 Naterm 2010-11-08 20:30
Oh really? Back in about 2004 the #7 machine in the Top500 was built with Xserves. A not insignificant number of media and research shops use the Xserver/XSAN combination. A lot of popular TV shows are produced with that combination and they're going to have a hard time either going to Mac Pro servers or Windows/Linux/Unix servers.

Apple is putting a lot of customers in the lurch here. It's no wonder enterprise looks upon them with disdain.
 

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