Apple Intros Mac Pro Server

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Following the announcement that the Xserve is being discontinued, Apple introduced a new server configuration option for the Mac Pro on Friday.

The new Mac Pro Server configuration includes a 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 8GB RAM, two 1TB hard drives, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card with 1GB RAM, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited client license. In comparison, the base model Xserve includes a 2.26GHz Quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 3GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited client license.

The Mac Pro, now in server flavor.

Apple will be discontinuing its Xserve product line at the end of January, leaving customers with a Mac mini Server and Mac Pro Server option instead. The Xserve is rack-mountable, includes three hot-swappable drive bays, and an optional redundant power supply.

The new Mac Pro Server configuration starts at US$2,999, just like the base model Xserve.

Comments

Tiger

While sad for some, realistically, how well did the 1U form factor sell? Was it adopted at anything more than a “curiosity level”?

I guess not. And in the Pro configuration, it’s so much easier to swap out components!

Adam Christianson

I’m not sure Apple really ever made huge strides in the 1U enterprise server class market. Like in desktops they had fans and were big in certain segments (like EDU), but I don’t think it was a big area of their business. I have to say racking Mac Pro towers isn’t ideal though. Reality is that for many applications a Mac Mini server will do fine and you can cram a lot of those in a tiny space.

brett_x

The XServes always lagged the Mac Pros. (Maybe they’re finally giving up on trying to find 160GB hard drives?)  Unless you required redundant power supplies and rack mounting, it was a hard to justify an Xserve.

Fletch

I’ve been running OS X Server since the 1st release.  I am fearful that the end is near for OS X Server.  No mention of a Lion Server at all.

CCardona

I am fearful that the end is near for OS X Server.? No mention of a Lion Server at all.

Don’t worry. OS X server ISN’T typically mentioned this far away from the release date, since it’s only of interest to sys admins, and Apple is advertising Lion to millions, not hundreds.

This is really going to screw the installed base in video departments, at places like, for example, The New York Times, who has several racks of Xserves for FC Server, Episode Engine, their 60TB of video storage, etc.

gslusher

This is really going to screw the installed base in video departments, at places like, for example, The New York Times, who has several racks of Xserves for FC Server, Episode Engine, their 60TB of video storage, etc.

I guess that means that their XServes will stop working, now that Apple has made an announcement! Wow! I guess that means that my iMac G4 stopped working over 6 years ago.

CCardona

I guess that means that their XServes will stop working, now that Apple has made an announcement

Wait, is that real sarcasm, or the fake kind? You’re not a sys admin are you? Servers break, parts will be increasingly hard to find, and upgrading the system (when they need more firepower, and they will) will be almost impossible (seeing as how much bigger Mac Pros are to rack mount!) Kapish?

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