updated 10:45 am EDT, Fri November 5, 2010
Mac Pro gets special server model after Xserve
Apple in the wake of plans to phase out the Xserve has brought out a new, server-oriented configuration of the Mac Pro on the Apple Store. The new version has the same 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon as the entry model but focuses on upgrades friendlier to the pre-installed copy of Snow Leopard Server. It more than doubles the RAM to 8GB and carries a second 1TB hard drive for options like a RAID mirror or keeping app performance unimpeded by the OS.
The system still uses a Radeon HD 5770 for stock graphics and isn't upgradeable to faster video like other configurations. It can still get all the faster processor options, up to two 2.93GHz six-core Xeons, as well as up to 8TB of storage across all four drive bays. Fiber Channel, hardware RAID cards and Xsan 2 are also persistent options.
The base configuration is available today in the Apple Store for $2,999 and mirrors the pattern taken with the Mac mini, which received a special server configuration that quickly became the most popular server choice, according to Apple.