Last November Apple announced that they would be discontinuing their line of server machines, known as Xserves. Shortly there after a purported email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that the line was being discontinued due to poor sales. However, Hardmac is now reporting that Apple my be broadening it’s scope and may discontinue […]
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Apple To Discontinue All Server-Related Products in the Future?

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Last November Apple announced that they would be discontinuing their line of server machines, known as Xserves. Shortly there after a purported email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that the line was being discontinued due to poor sales. However, Hardmac is now reporting that Apple my be broadening it’s scope and may discontinue all of there server-related products such as Xsan and Final Cut Server.
Here’s an excerpt:

According to our sources, the discontinuation of the Xserve by Apple would be only the beginning of an overhaul, which would lead to the disappearance of some professional-orented activities.

Xsan and Final Cut server could be among the programs being discontinued, as Apple’s management would be wondering whether to continue to develop and support them in the future.

There is no word as to whether Apple will discontinue server versions of their Mac OS X operating system, as it is expected that there will be a server release of Mac OS X Lion sometime this summer.

If I had to guess, this report is spot on. There’s no money in the server market, and Apple is busy making it’s money elsewhere, say on iOS devices. However, I do expect Apple to continue to release server editions of their Mac OS X operating system- but in a different way. I expect Apple to just bundle the server software on every copy of Mac OS X, effectively making the server edition free with every copy of OS X purchased. The extra apps that make the server edition, you know, the server edition, won’t necessarily be installed on every machine, but instead, I would expect them to be included on the install disc where they could be installed as needed. That’s just my guess though.

Anyway, Xserve is slated to be discontinued on January 31st, so if you need one, act now.

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