Apple to Discontinue Xserve Server Line in January
Tech heavyweight Apple (www.apple.com) said it is “to transition out of Xserve, its line of 1U rack mount servers and tower said the Mac Pro and Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server offers options for those wanting to run for Apple-based infrastructure from January 31, 2011.
According to Apple, which has published a “Guide Xserve transition, customers looking to upgrade, replace or complement the new Xserve with Apple computers have Mac mini and Mac Pro as options.
“Mac Pro systems offer performance and expandability equal or exceed the Xserve, and offer an ideal server solution for customers seeking the highest levels of performance, storage and expansion capabilities,” wrote the company, noting that Mac Pro tower, loaded with Mac OS X Server “, can be implemented in an office environment or under a desk or in a data center on a shelf in a rack with two units per 12U.”
The latest Mac Pro comes with Intel Xeon 12-core “Westmere” transformation, overcoming the Xserve in processor performance, and also offers a fast, drive 512 GB solid state.
According to Apple, the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is the most popular Apple server system that provides the capabilities to serve small businesses and workgroups of up to 50 people. A single Mac mini, the company said, can run the full suite of Mac OS X Server, and, depending on the workload and the number of users, could replace a single Xserve.
The Mac mini features a dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM and two 500GB hard drives, all in a small form factor.
The end of Xserve, however, has not yet arrived. Will be available to order January 31, 2011.
Web host Go Daddy (www.godaddy.com) officially launched its Mac virtual hosting solution, “Cloud Server Mac OS X Power”, in February. Virtual dedicated server is based on the Xserve server and Parallels technology and enables customers to manage a variety of native applications on Mac OS X Server, such as web hosting, email, collaboration, iChat Server and calendar.
In a statement to the buzz, Go Daddy hosting product manager Flavio Andrade said the disruption of the Xserve will not affect your Mac OS X virtual private server customers.
“Go Daddy has been used in cloud-based Xserve Mac OS X Server environment virtual. But this ad is not going to stop Go Daddy to do everything possible to ensure our customers find the products and services they want” said Andrade.