updated 08:25 am EST, Mon November 8, 2010
Jobs says Xserve cut because of poor sales
Apple chief Steve Jobs in a brief e-mail this weekend justified the end of the Xserve. A French customer pleading that his company depended on the platform was told that sales simply weren't enough to justify sales. "Hardly anyone was buying them," Jobs wrote.
No explanation was given for the poor sales, though Apple's promotion and development of the rackmount server has dropped off sharply in the past two years. It once gave the Xserve the same prominent placement as other Macs on the online store but eventually relegated the server to a much lower-profile text link. The Xserve also skipped the most recent processor updates to the Mac Pro and didn't get the six-core Xeons or other upgrades from earlier this year.
Regardless of factors, existing users have already complained that the current options won't let them use Macs in future server arrangements. No other Macs support lights-out management, which allows IT administrators to control a system when switched off or another unusable state, as well as true redundant power supplies and enterprise-level support. SAS drives and externally accessible hard drives are also unavailable on the Mac Pro or the server edition Mac mini.