Apple Exiting the Xserve Market

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Apple may be a smashing success in the consumer market, but it seems like their enterprise lines are flagging.  The dual-Xeon-powered rackmount servers are being phased out, with the final date of availability listed as January 31st, 2011.

Apple XserveAs part of the transition process, Apple is committing themselves to supporting pre-existing Xserve customers as well as any new ones who buy into the market before the product’s date of expiry. 

It doesn’t mean that Apple is leaving the server market entirely, however, since both the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini are currently offered (and will continue to be) preloaded with OS X Snow Leopard Server Edition and, in fact, they’re both listed as options for customers interested in buying into Apple’s server lineup after the January 31st date.  The Mac Pro, a more likely target for high-end server needs, can fit two dual-CPU towers into a 12U rack.

Transition Guide via Engadget



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