Apple Kills Rackable Xserve, Launches Mac Pro Server

Apple Kills Rackable Xserve, Launches Mac Pro ServerApple's server products aren't exactly best sellers, but some clients in education, graphical design and other fields swear by them. Since 1996, Apple has offered the Xserve -- a rack-mounted server. Last October it aired the Mac Mini Server, a Mac Mini with the optical drive swapped for a second hard-drive. That brought rumors that the Xserve's days might be numbered.

Those rumors have come true. Apple will cease sales of Xserve in January and has posted an online "Xserve Transition Guide" [PDF] for its customers.

According to the guide:

Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current shipping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve3 through the end of 2011 or while supplies last. Apple will continue to support Xserve customers with service parts for warranty and out-of-warranty service.

Apple Mac Pro Server

Apple Mac Pro Server

Apple is replacing the Xserve with a new product -- a Mac Pro Server desktop which is definitely not 1U mountable. Available now, the default configuration weighs in at $2,999 USD (the same base price as the discontinued Xserve) and features one quad-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (four 2 GB sticks), two 1 TB hard-drives, an ATI Radeon HD 5770, and a copy of Mac OS X Server, complete with client license.

Apple Xserve

Apple Xserve

While $3K USD sounds like a lot for that kind of hardware, it's really not as overpriced as some of Apple's other products -- at least when it comes to products from OEM competitors. While you could probably assemble a server piece-wise for significantly cheaper, Hewlett-Packard's closest competitors are in line with Apple's pricing.

HP offers a 2.4 GHz Xeon (slower), with 3 GB of DDR3 memory (6 GB of DDR3 costs roughly $130 USD), and an NVIDIA Quadro FX580 (slower), and only a single 250 GB hard drive for $2,199. If you add up the cost of upgrading to the various higher end components in new Mac Pro Server, the pricing would likely be in the same ballpark.

Apple is more than happy to offer lots of upgrades that will bump the price though -- a pair of 2.93GHz six-core 'Westmere' chips (+$3,475 USD), 32GB of RAM (+$3,400 USD), a Mac Pro RAID card (+$700) and a quad-channel 4Gb fibre channel PCIe card (+$1,000). Apple does not appear to offer an option to upgrade the graphics card.

It does however the opportunity to have up to four 512 GB solid state drives. The first two will cost you $1,250, and the next two will cost you $1,400, so getting a fully-loaded model would bump the price $5,300. Thus a full loaded (hardware-wise) Mac Pro Server would cost a modest $16,874.

Source: DailyTech

Tags: Apple, servers

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
The Galaxy Note 9 was previously expected to ship with a 3,850mAh battery
 
An internal meeting hinted at the nonprofit's ambitions
 
The new silicon could let Intel design 20-core and 22-core SKUs for the X299 Express chipset
 
This is the first big overhaul since Office 2007 introduced the ribbon
 
It would surely help those of us who need native apps but want quality hardware
 
This restriction will extend to existing extensions over the remainder of the year
 
Windows 7 and newer required for the gaming platform
 
NVIDIA and AMD will soon have another graphics competitor
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (10)