Apple has announced that they are discontinuing their Xserve line of rack-mounted server machines, and will no longer sell them as of January 31st, 2011. Apple has posted a link on their Xserve webpage, that takes you to a PDF entitled “Xserve Transition Guide.” Long story short, the PDF states that Apple will not be […]
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Apple To Discontinue Xserve Come January 31st, Offers new Server Model of Mac Pro

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Apple has announced that they are discontinuing their Xserve line of rack-mounted server machines, and will no longer sell them as of January 31st, 2011. Apple has posted a link on their Xserve webpage, that takes you to a PDF entitled “Xserve Transition Guide.” Long story short, the PDF states that Apple will not be developing a future version of the Xserve.

Apple will not be developing a future version of Xserve. Xserve will be available for order through January 31, 2011. Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current ship- ping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve 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.

The last Xserve update came in April of 2009. Apple was pretty consistent in that they pushed out annual updates of the machines. The Xserve was introduced in May of 2002.

Now, in related news, if you still need a Mac OS X server solution, you can of course buy the Server version of the Mac mini, or if you need something with a little more heft, Apple has released a new Server model of their Mac Pro.

This new “server” configuration has a entry-level 2.8GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, two 1TB hard drives, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server edition all for $2999. Of course, customers can opt for a slew of built-to-order options including a RAID cards, and Xsan storage area network software. Of course, the “non-server” Mac Pro models always have been, and are still capable of being configured into servers with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server edition and associated hardware.

Truthfully, the writing had been on the wall for Xserve for a while now. This became especially apparent to me after Apple discontinued their Xserve RAID, and replaced it with VTrak RAID arrays.

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