“From the start, Apple’s Xserve has ranked best-in-class in build quality, engineering, durability, and serviceability among 1U x86 rack servers. The newest Xserve, redesigned around Intel’s Nehalem Xeon quad-core CPU, adds performance to the list of Xserve’s leadership criteria. Nehalem Xserve is very likely the fastest, most energy-efficient, and most cost-effective dual-socket 1U rack server on the market,” Tom Yager reports for InfoWorld.
“Xserve‘s designers didn’t need to commission a forward-looking study of enterprise server buyers to cook up Nehalem Xserve‘s specifications. It only had to chat with the IT leaders responsible for iTunes Music Store, iPhone App Store, MobileMe, Apple Store, and Apple Developer Connection. Apple’s own requirements already reflect what analysts predict for the cloud. Ideal cloud servers will strike a balance between low power utilization and high reserve performance that’s nearly impossible to achieve. By linking Intel’s Nehalem architecture with custom system management hardware and a platform-tuned OS, Apple aimed for that server power/performance ideal and scored,” Yager reports.
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