“I recently got a walk-through from Apple officials of the company’s new Intel-based Xserve, and then — again, courtesy of Apple — I got to actually take one for a test-drive. I can say from the start that this stylish piece of hardware represents a significant improvement over its predecessor, which itself offered amazing value and high-powered performance. Apple went to great pains to deliver design and performance improvements that are evident on first look and use and will be welcomed by data center managers,” Yuval Kossovsky reports for Computerworld.
Kossovsky reports, “The OS X server software included is a 100% native, 64-bit unified operating system with many of the included applications — like MySQL and Java Application server — also bumped up to take advantage of the 64-bit processors.”
“Pricing is still a bit lower than what you would expect for such a loaded machine, but it’s not cheap: As equipped, the Xserve would cost $9,971,” Kossovsky reports. “Remember, Leopard server is expected to be out in early 2007, so when buying a new Xserve be sure to get the operating system maintenance plan to guarantee you’ll get the new server operating system at no additional charge when it emerges from its lair. The plan costs $999 for 36 months.”
“Two of the major gripes that data center managers had about earlier Xserve models involved power redundancy and lights-out management capabilities. “Apple listened closely to its customer requests and delivered on the most-requested features,” said Doug Brooks, product manager for server hardware at Apple. The dual power supplies are load-sharing and hot-swappable, and a second power supply is included in the Xserve emergency parts kit in case it’s needed,” Kossovsky reports. “As for the lights-out management, it’s for real this time. Apple has incorporated the IPMI standard into its management interface, which allows the CPU to be monitored and controlled remotely by any IPMI-compliant device and software package, such as HP OpenView.”
“I think the new Xserve should deliver on all of the performance improvements expected in Apple’s move to an Intel Xeon dual-core processor, plus some incredible storage options. Data center managers will be pleased to know that they can integrate the Xserve into their standard monitoring packages and be confident of reliability with redundant power supplies,” Kossovsky reports.
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