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Apple quietly adds Mac Pro server config post-Xserve

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.



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  1. prl99

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +1

    too much hardware for Xserve

    When you look at a Mac Pro's hardware, I can't see how all of this could be crammed into 1U anymore. Maybe that's why Apple decided not no try. Looking at the huge heat sink over the CPUs would kill any 1U Xserve unless it was fitted with liquid cooling again. There's also more I/O space than in the Xserve so maybe using 6U of space actually gives you the capability of more power and options than the Xserve would ever have been capable of providing.

  1. dynsight

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005

    +3

    New Product?

    I agree... rack servers are small footprint, and I have a MacPro... and it is big, noisy and hot (also incredibly powerful and fast..... a worthwhile trade off).

    Hey, but if the mac-mini is preferred by their customer base, then so be it.

    Who knows, maybe a new server product is coming soon :)

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +2

    It's called

    Apple's "WorkGroup Server", just like in the 90s. Pffft.

  1. nowayoutofmymind

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    Joined: Jun 2007

    +5

    total cost

    not having a rack mount server option is one big heck of a stupid thing. Have you ever paid rack space in a data center... now THAT will change the total cost of a Mac server significantly!

    And this so called server they now provide doesn't even have a redundant power supply. Apple is doing well for consumer stuff, but it fails blatantly and repeatedly in the serious business segment.

    Mac Mini server is ok for small tasks, but again: this is not really a reliable server architecture. Sharing home movies might be ok, but anyone relying his business to that hardware is playing russian roulette.

    Killing the xserver is one heck of a stupid decision and a blatant insult to anyone who tried to convince the corporation to use Apple server technology.

  1. cjvino

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010

    +4

    3 Words

    Redundant Power Supply

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