Businesses adopt Apple Xserve servers, Xserve RAID storage units

“The data storage systems that Seitel Inc. was using were too sophisticated — and too costly — for its needs. So Seitel replaced the arrays from EMC Corp., one of the biggest names in the market, with Xserve RAID storage units from a company associated more with portable music players than business storage technology — Apple Computer Inc.,” Grant Buckler reports for The Globe and Mail. “No, Seitel isn’t a Macintosh shop. Ben Huber, information technology manager at the Houston-based seismic data provider’s Calgary operations, says Seitel has no Macs and no plans to buy any. Most of its servers run Windows. Mr. Huber says Seitel chose Apple storage because of lower up-front prices and long-term maintenance costs when compared to products from more mainstream storage specialists.”

“Apple’s current strategy for tackling the business market has roots going back several years. In 2002, Apple launched its Xserve server line. A full-powered Xserve costs less than $5,000 (U.S.), with no additional fees for connecting client PCs — a factor that is drawing particular attention from smaller businesses with limited IT budgets. Microsoft Corp., in contrast, charges client-access licences for machines attached to its servers,” Buckler reports. “Michelle Warren, an analyst at Toronto-based Evans Research Corp., says Apple is benefiting from growing security concerns business have about Microsoft software. “The security aspects of Apple are pretty strong selling features.””

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  1. Everyone in the Real IT World knows that the only Trusted Computing available is within the .NET realm. Addressing all known vulnerabilities is the target of the Vista platform, and in this area it has already exceed the combined efforts of all other computer companies combined.


  2. You never fail to bring a tear to my eye, Sputnik. When the last Windows vulnerability is finally brought down (like the bronze staue of a vanished regime’s imperialist dictator) it will be a glorious day for downtrodden programmers everywhere. Workers of the Real IT World will unite and march in the streets, singing “Developers! Developers! Developers!” I just hope I’m there to see it, and I’m not, you know, in the bathroom or something.

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  3. Sputnik, you’re a funny bird!!! Trusted Computing, vulnerabilites address via Vista platform. LOL Trusted Computer is voluntary, and Microsoft isn’t applying it to Vista. If you’re this funny in print, I wonder how well you’d do on Amature Night at the Improv.

    mw industry, as in: sputnik you’re in the wrong industry you should be a comedian.

  4. LOL Sput, well put. And you are perfectly right. Vista platforms are the safest now. The problems will arise when they start selling them and connecting them online. Till then Microsoft could rightly claim to be at least on par with OS X – security wise – with at least one of its Windows flavor(s): those not released to the public. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN “nothing” as in Nothing can show the ridicule around MS as a satellite sputnik high in orbit.

  5. Sputnik is living in a fantasy world talking about an operating system “Vista” that doesn’t even exist yet and won’t for another year and a half. .Net is a joke and a scam to get big business to buy Microsoft. We all know from the news how secure Microsofts operating systems are. To put it in a nutshell they are NOT secure and are costing companies millions. Him and Enderdele should get together as they would both be very happy hugging Microsoft and talking about there fantasies.

  6. When it comes to getting an honest opinion on the best hardware and software choice for IT, I am reminded on a funny and very accurate quote.

    “Never ask your barber if you need a haircut.”

    Fools like Sputnik are the last people to ask about what is the best choice in this technology. They have ulterior motives and as such their opinions are not very valuable.

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