Inside Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server OS

Apple Store“With the upcoming release of Mac OS X Server 10.5, aka Leopard Server, the Mac IT world is thinking ‘What is going to be new?’ Well, to be honest, everyone is. Apple’s infamous closed-mouthed approach to major OS releases, while great for marketing purposes, isn’t always so great for the IT world. However, Apple isn’t a road map company, so if we want to get an idea of what to expect in Leopard, we have to dig into the public information Apple has released,” John C. Welch reports for InformationWeek.

Welch reports, “Fortunately, there’s a decent bit of it. It’s not everything, (certainly not Steve’s famous “Top Secret” features), but it’s not a sharp stick in the eye either. One of the big features for many people is the iCal server. I know I’ve not been alone in saying that the lack of calendaring in Mac OS X Server has long been a real hole in the product’s feature set, and with iCal Server, Apple is making its first real attempt at plugging that.”

Welch covers:
• iCal Server
• Wiki Server
• 64-Bit Capabilities
• File Services:
• Web Services
• QuickTime Services
• iChat Server 2
• Mail
• Xgrid 2
• Open Directory 4

Welch reports, “Apple is taking items that either cost a lot of money, or need a lot of expertise, and selling them real cheap, and in a way that while you still need some basic networking knowledge and skills to set up, won’t require the same levels as other systems. Will it let you gut a large-scale Active Directory/Exchange system? Of course not, but if you’re a business with a hundred or so people, and you want to add services, increase reliability, and not go into deep debt to do so, Leopard Server is going to be a compelling option.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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17 Comments

  1. Also notice how Apple’s business model helps it compete in this space. Apple provides great software, including its OS X, in order to sell its great hardware. Selling no computer hardware, Microsoft can only monetize its software, so Apple can — in the long run – cut off Microsoft’s oxygen, its profit margins, by Apple’s pricing their own software down or even making it free. Even if Microsoft can hold on in the enterprise, they are being forced to do so without making the fabulous profits that they are used to.

    Apple is going to strangle the aging emperor in his bed.

    MW: fear, as in: Microsoft is in a state of fear in the face of the Apple juggernaut.

  2. IONLYUSEOSX,
    You are in the minority. A small, but growing, minority. You think the Mac share of the marketplace is small? It’s smaller still in the Enterprise niche. And that’s no accident. Start with the mantra “no one ever got fired for buying Microsoft” and move along to “it will cost so much to retrain our IT department”. Both are true, neither is relevant.
    People should get fired for buying Microsoft
    It will cost money to retrain those in IT without Unix experience. Of course, you’ll be saving some of that money back by not replacing the IT folk who’d rather leave than switch. You don’t need them, why replace them?

    When the entire IT department understands their jobs are at stake if this “Mac Thing” gets traction, you won’t hear many kind words about anything “Apple” and there just may be a few instances that just might be sabotage before you get clear sailing. Looks like you have achieved the highly unusual … good on ya. But, there are a hundred more out there to be converted for each that’s managed to switch. What will we do with the Windows-cleaners then?

    DLMeyer – the Voice of G.L.Horton’s Stage Page

  3. Apple is growing at the rate it wants to

    People who buy Apple will be promoted

    the bottom line will improve from many levels if you go with Apple

    fearless forward thinking

    all other arguments can’t last because the future is coming

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