“It has been a little over four years in the desert for those of us who use Apple Xserves — or any Apple hardware as a server,” E. Werner Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “Since the fateful announcement on November 5, 2010, when Apple announced they were discontinuing the Xserve product line, many Mac IT professionals have been been disheartened that Apple never reversed this decision.”

“Its market was IT professionals. When Apple decided to make the jump to the Cloud, first with MobileMe and then with iCloud, Apple had a decision to make: What servers would they use, en mass, to build out their server farms?” Reschke writes. “While they had excellent hardware for the task, the problem was on the software side of the fence. OS X, while a great desktop OS, has never been the best server product. Moreover OS X does not allow for multiple servers to be virtualized into being seen as a single box. Into today’s world of virtualization and massive cloud server farms, making multiple servers work as one is critical (just as critical as RAID and redundant power supplies). This also coincided with the launch of iOS. Could Apple really spend resources on two new OSes?”

Reschke writes, “Jobs therefore decided to go with HP Proliant Servers for Apple’s iCloud build-out and kill the Xserve project.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s not that OS X couldn’t have been a great industrial-grade server OS, it’s just that it wasn’t. Apple could no longer market Xserve when they clearly weren’t choosing it for their industrial-strength needs. You either eat your own dog food or you stop selling it.