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. Oh, and Mike – it’s MS losers like you that will be looking for something to replace that MCSE soon.
    Yep, companies are sick of the messes MS leaves behind.
    And users are sick of s click ruining their PC while you IT flunkies take a day to reimage it – only to miss half of their data.
    Thank God your ilk is on the way out.

  2. @ Zune Tang

    “windows, because ITdepartments believe in choice”

    Choice is why my 8000 system network runs almost all Mac’s it’s the choice of being able to add 300 more computers to my directory server without being told to bend over and take it from MS on licensing fees. You have no choice you know windows and nothing else I know change can be scary but man up and grow a pair.

  3. If you wish Zune Tang, consult CERT and check out vulnerabilities for the two OS’s. You will find that Apple’s OS X is far superior for security. As for being expensive – hahahhaha – guess you guys pirate your server and client licenses – Snow Leopard was $29. You beat that? Hardware? Try matching specs on servers WITH LICENSES FOR USERS. Proprietary? Hardly. Maybe YEARS AGO. Last time I looked OS X was mostly open-source. In fact, more open and complete than ANY other OS. Go ahead — whistle in the graveyard. With Ballmer at the helm, your Titanic moment is approaching. Have a nice swim.

  4. @Kevin J. Weise

    That’s a good version, too. My favourite source for the quote is: <a href=”http://forum.thedailyshow.com/tds/board/message?board.id=guest-suggestions&thread;.id=3489″>Non Sequitur</i> by Wiley Miller

  5. “…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.”

    It’s more than 12%- closer to 25%

    BTW- Nice work Zuney- U caught a few more- the British guy was especially a fine snare. I love the “IT departments believe in choice” thing.

  6. Snow Leopard is working okay for me except for 2 issues, one I fixed.

    My Big Ass Printer, a 12 year old HP Laserjet 5000n, refused to print until I set up IP printing. Now it’s an IP number, no more Big Ass Printer… bummer!

    SL broke Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 printing and I can’t reinstall for some reason. I’m sure I’ll figure something out… short of upgrading to version 9, I hope?

  7. I’m no fanboy so here’s my assessment of Snow Leopard. I went form Tiger to SL via the discounted release. Although I had a copy of Leopard I just couldn’t justify the time and effort of loading Leopard so I could then load Snow Leopard.

    I waited for the first update and then took the plunge. This is what went “wrong”.

    Mail: My Inbox contents would disappear until I clicked on the Sent section. I then rebuilt mail (from the Mail’s finder), end of problem.

    Sleep function: I almost went to sleep waiting for this to happen. It took 32 seconds. I ran OnyX…end of problem.

    “Reboot icon” problem: After the computer reboots particularly after it’s been turned off for a few hours when I click on the hard drive image or a folder I get a delayed artefact of the window (like a small window within a window). Slightly irritating but far from mission critical. (If anyone has any ideas on that one I’d appreciate your two cents’ worth).

    My point is that there was no iTunes problem. Office doesn’t quit unless I tell it to. In fact the only thing that has disappointed me is Safari. I still think it needs some work.

    In sum, Snow Leopard is the most seamless upgrade I’ve ever experienced. My rating is 8/10. As for most of the fear and loathing it’s just plain rubbish. (As stated above the guest user account was the exception but I wasn’t affected by this).

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