IT consultant: Using Apple’s OS X Server, allowing end users to use Macs in enterprise is ridiculous

“Here’s a great idea to put to your CIO: Why not run the company using a server operating system made by Mattel? It’s the company behind Barbie and Hot Wheels (not to mention Tumblin’ Monkeys), so it certainly knows a thing or two about toys. Maybe its designers have enough time to put together an enterprise OS,” Paul Rubens opines for ServerWatch.

“Yeah, right,” Rubens writes. “The idea is plain ridiculous, but is it any more ridiculous than using Apple’s OS X Server or letting end users work on Macs in the enterprise?”

“Because the truth is, Apple is not really a computer company. It makes toys. It used to be a computer company called Apple Computer, but it dropped the “Computer” bit from its name in January 2007 as a tacit admission that it was now a consumer gadget maker, not to mention an online music retailer. Following the introduction of the iPhone and iPod Touch, two very pretty ‘boy’s toys,’ the company’s latest caper is the launch of its App Store,” Rubens writes.

Rubens explains, “The top-selling applications as I write are Band, Crash Bandicoot and Super Monkey Ball, which sounds uncomfortably similar — in name at least — to the aforementioned and very wonderful Tumblin’ Monkeys.”

“So why shouldn’t enterprises take Apple seriously? Here’s the problem: It can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Microsoft is huge, and it is quite capable of doing more than one thing at a time,” Rubens explains. “During the past two years, it worked on Vista, Windows Server 2008, the Hyper-V virtualization system and the Zune — all at the very same time.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Besides being a hit-whore of the worst variety, this ignoramus is an amalgam of just about every anti-Apple, know-nothing, world-has-passed-him-by, should’ve-retired-long-ago IT doofus in the world today.

Apple’s current Mac OS X Server v10.5 is built on a fully compliant UNIX foundation. This battle-tested core provides stability, performance, and security for the enterprise. And full UNIX conformance ensures compatibility with existing server and application software. Apple’s extremely cost-effective Mac OS X Server is actually the ideal platform for deploying enterprise applications and services, Paul.

Apple’s Xserve features a fast 1600MHz system bus and 800MHz memory, resulting in higher memory bandwidth. Xserve provides up to 8-core processing power, 3TB of internal storage, and 32GB of 800MHz memory. Find out more about Apple’s Xserve here. There’s nothing toylike about it.

For business-critical server deployments, Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server will soon add read and write support for the high-performance, 128-bit ZFS file system, which includes advanced features such as storage pooling, data redundancy, automatic error correction, dynamic volume expansion, and snapshots. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Microsoft to offer a comparable file system, Paul. On second thought, do.

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  1. “During the past two years, it worked on Vista, Windows Server 2008, the Hyper-V virtualization system and the Zune — all at the very same time.”

    Hmm.. so let’s see.. 2 failures, and a bare-bones virtualization environment. Yeah, ok…. This guy needs a dose of reality

  2. funny but I worked in IT for a large enterprise for a number of years and Macs were used there with no issues. And according to people still there, the number is increasing substantially.

  3. Wow, a village has lots its idiot, and we’ve found him.

    Does he make any substantive claims or is it all about gibberish like since iPhone users like to buy Crash Bandicoot, the iPhone is not enterprise-ready? Does he even realize that virtually all business PCs have had solitaire loaded on to them at one time or other? Does that make them silly game devices?

  4. I think this guy must have tutored my IT dept. I endured years of petty obstruction, before they finally realised they weren’t going to beat me into submission, and grasped the idea that the company wouldn’t collapse if they allowed a Mac on the network. And every day, I still observe the hidden costs of my colleagues struggling to achieve simple tasks on their Windoze PCs that are a breeze on my Mac.

  5. Microsoft walking and chewing gum at the same time.

    So THAT’S the problem with Vista! Too much gum chewing. Nothing a half billion propaganda campaign won’t fix. That’ll do it.

    More flop sweat from the Microshaft Mediocrity Cult. The more Balmer’s toadies puff, the more pathetic they look.

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