Enterprise should take a long hard look at Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Apple Online Store“Windows administrators, some understandably threatened by lack of knowledge, experience, and expertise with the Mac OS X platform, have dismissed Apple’s operating system, claiming it lacks enterprise capacity. Such administrators need now be more careful, as Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes important features that significantly boost the ease with which Macs join and function within enterprise environments,” Erik Eckel reports for TechRepublic.

“Macs have long been able to run Windows and Microsoft Office and share files securely with Windows servers and desktops. So incompatibility issues were eliminated a long time ago. But with Snow Leopard, now it’s even easier to connect a Mac client to a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 than it is to connect to a Windows system, as Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support and can tap Exchange’s Autodiscovery feature,” Eckel reports. “Administrators need not purchase and install Microsoft Outlook, as Snow Leopard includes Exchange 2007-compatible email, calendaring and address book functionality that’s simple to configure and which leverages Active Directory for authentication.”

“Apple’s Mac resurgence, since OS X debuted, is well earned. The operating system’s performance, security, and reliability are well documented. With the release of Snow Leopard, the platform’s sixth iteration, Apple engineers have included numerous new features that provide important enterprise results,” Eckel reports. “Rhetoric, of course, is always part of any OS release. However, the fact Snow Leopard delivers remarkably and measurably faster performance than its already speedy predecessor is an important consideration for enterprise administrators. Consider the ease with which Snow Leopard connects users to Exchange servers, and you have new functionality that makes an immediate difference in the daily lives of enterprise IT department staffs and their users.”

Read more in the full article — highly recommended — here.

41 Comments

  1. I had read an article sometime back (sorry, can’t find it) that said that the Fortune 500 companies at the time were spending around 12% of their IT budgets on the prevention of or damage control from viruses and mal-ware on their systems.

    Mac OS X, and Mac OS X Server offer a lot of functionality and amazing TCO, especially when you look at the licensing. Since IT departments are cost centers, and are always being squeezed to do more with less, it’s only a matter of time before before it gets “bad enough” to break the “MS-Shop” mentality which is still so prevalent. As more IT depts start looking at a more heterogenous tech deployment, Apple’s star in the back office will most certainly rise.

  2. …and not having your IT department flush 500 PC’s for the 10th time this year because someone clicked on a malware link and hosed the system. Oh, and it was the CEO, who does this at least 3 times a year…

    You get the point.

  3. Except that so many times I’ve seen IT choices dictated by those who do not understand IT, but have been fed—and swallowed—a load of horse excrement concerning the necessity of Windows and the lack of Mac. Remember:
    Stupid is a condition; ignorance is a choice!

  4. that’s nice MDN, but get real: there are consumers, even rabid Mac lovers who are scared to install Snow Leopard, because of all the horror stories out there.

    I’ve heard of it deleting people’s iTunes library, and what the hell is wrong with Apple Mail?

    Maybe I’ll wait for 10.6.3

    Oh, yea, as you can see, the idea of an Enterprise adoption SL is pure bs.

  5. @Mike

    That’s why in Enterprise environments you stay one major version behind and you setup a full test network with servers to TEST the new OS and what it breaks.

    Only when everything works perfectly on the TEST network do you even think about rolling it out on the production network.

    Only idiots blindly upgrade their production server to the latest OS right after it comes out.

  6. @mike

    Upgraded both of my Macs with no issues. Lots of ‘horror stories’ about Snow Leopard?? The only one I heard was about the guest user account issue (mind you THAT was a doozy!). You sound like you attended Microsoft’s smoke and mirrors expo.

  7. @ Mike

    “I’ve heard of it deleting people’s iTunes library, and what the hell is wrong with Apple Mail?”

    This is exactly the kind of comment those who know the true and complete story mean about ignorance. Isolated and specific circumstances do not constitute a common and widespread problem (as was the case of the problem you referred to).

    And… “scared to install Snow Leopard”. Yeah, uh huh… if someone wrote it, it was obviously their own opinion and more likely something a trolls wrote to muddy the waters. Think about it, does that sound like someone already enjoying OSX Leopard already… would say about an optional upgrade. And if they wanted to upgrade to SL, there must be compelling reasons for them to do so, which considering the minor bug, they would know the work around. Early SL adoptees are not usually your novice OSX users, they usually know what they’re doing. So comments like “scared” os troll bait.

  8. ROTFLMAO!!!!!

    I love how another MAC cultist tosses around lines like “The operating system’s performance, security, and reliability are well documented” and …remarkably and measurably faster performance… or this ridiculous staple of MAC sheeep: “…simple to configure…”. Hilarious.

    How about overpriced, proprietary, uncustomizable and designed for smug elites? Didn’t have the guts to mention those truths, did he? Windows. Because IT departments believe in choice.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  9. I seriously doubt you people understand the issues impacting IT departments. My mom would never consider SL because she insists she’s the only cat in the department. rrrearrrrrr phhfft phhfft

  10. @zune tang
    “windows, because ITdepartments believe in choice”.

    Dude, that’s an oxymoron. One option is hardly a choice. And did you batch the writers qualifications at the end:

    Erik Eckel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and completed Sullivan College’s Microsoft Engineer program. He holds MCP, MCP+I, MCSE and Network+ certifications..

    Well at least his batchelors degree is a proper qualification. Looks like most of the other stuff is just a bunch of proprietary training programmes from some obscure software company!

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