Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard to unleash the business beast within

“When Apple lets slip the leash on Leopard this Friday, its predatory instincts will be trained on Microsoft and Steve Ballmer’s blood will be scented in the twitching nostrils of its, er, operating system,” Martin Veitch writes for The Inquirer.

“Yes, I know, but as well as tempting hacks the world over with the possibility of untold numbers of rubbishy metaphors and similes, Leopard is Apple’s best chance in a decade and a half at clawing back (oh bloody hell, it’s happening again) market share in the dull but fantastically lucrative world of fluorescent lighting, datacentres and systems ordered by the fleet. In short, the corporate client computing world,” Veitch writes.

“It’s well established that the Ipod and Iphone have created a halo effect on Apple’s desktop and notebook business, both of which are growing at wonderful rates. Most of these sales have been to consumers but Apple has half a chance of converting IT shops too,” Veitch writes.

“The old wisdom is that Microsoft has deep hooks into business and these can never be severed because of dependency on legacy software, systems, skills and processes. That’s true up to a point but the times are changing,” Veitch writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “IT-git” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

  1. Ain’t gonna happen.

    IT departments are loaded with WinHacks who know that if they switch to OS X servers they’ll have to let half their staffs go since fewer people are required to run OS X-based networks. You have to convince the higher-ups that their (supposedly) subordinate IT departments must switch.

    Good luck, Apple.

  2. To really be serious in the business world Apple needs to release a competitive multi-session product similar to (but better than) Microsoft’s Widows Terminal Server 2003 – soon to be 2008. That would be sweet, and it would make businesses take a serious look at Apple as an alternative to MS. Do it Apple – Do it!

  3. Skabeetle:

    Mac Computers on Windows Networks

    Apple has gone well beyond generic standards-based support. Mac OS X builds in support for all of Microsoft’s proprietary Active Directory services: Microsoft Kerberos authentication; Active Directory authentication policies, such as password changes, expiration, and forced password changes; and Active Directory replication and failover.

    This means Mac computers work with Active Directory in much the same way Windows clients do. Macintosh systems can use existing Active Directory networks and Exchange mail servers, Microsoft’s VPN server and Microsoft Office applications. Administrators can maintain Mac OS X user names and passwords in Active Directory, authenticate Mac OS X users with Active Directory and allow users to mount their network home directory based on information stored in Active Directory. Mac OS X can also discover multiple domain controllers and automatically determine the closest one. If a domain controller becomes unavailable, the Mac system uses another nearby domain controller.

    Because these capabilities are built into Mac OS X, you can take advantage of them without expensive software add-ons or time-consuming changes to the Active Directory schema.”

    http://www.apple.com/itpro/articles/adintegration/

  4. I’ll second KDC’s suggestion. But there are two routes, and both have their place.

    The first would permit the running of Windows sessions by remote Mac users. This is for those occasions when they absolutely, positively need access to Windows (without having a separate license on each box) from the desktop Mac. That’s how I ran my Windows apps from my Solaris desktop long ago.

    The second essentially reverses the process. Windows clients would wean themselves away by opening a session into a multi-user Xserve, getting their taste of OS X.

    Obviously, I’m partial to the first approach. More real Mac boxes, without the performance penalty, and only a few Windows licenses. Because that’s the world we want to see.

  5. Luke: I’m with you on that, sadly. No way are giant corporate IT departments who are accustomed to ordering the cheapest, clumsiest, junkiest crap from Dell or Lenovo going to pick up Macbooks. The Windows losers who work in the IT department can’t even dress themselves properly, so to expect them to recognize the business advantage of using Apple hardware and OS X is a pipe dream.

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