Computerworld: Apple’s powerful Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server is a tremendous value

Apple Online Store“I’ve worked with various versions of Apple’s Mac OS X Server for nearly a decade now. Each new release has brought major advances to the company’s server software in terms of overall features, performance and ease of administration. The most recent iteration, version 10.6 — a.k.a. Snow Leopard Server — is no exception,” Ryan Faas reports for Computerworld.

“Snow Leopard Server is a tremendous value. It offers a range of features that aid collaboration and mobility for small businesses through enterprises. The improvements in collaborative tools will probably be adopted in education, one of Apple’s core markets. The simple licensing structure and lowered price are enough to make the platform competitive,” Faas reports.

“For organizations that already run in part or entirely on Mac OS X Server, this is a definite upgrade. With so many new technologies and under-the-hood changes, though, you’ll definitely want to spend some time testing and getting to know the new face of Mac OS X Server before making the jump,” Faas reports. “For organizations running on other platforms, Snow Leopard Server’s lower cost and the maturity of so many technologies originally introduced in Leopard Server make it a product to seriously think about, particularly for smaller organizations needing a simple yet powerful option.”

Full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. Absolutely! The tools that allow companies to configure iPhones for corporate use are in…SL Server.
    The queue and cluster server tools that allow people to make Mac Beowulf-esque HPC clusters are in…SL Server.

    Great value indeed! and under rated too!

    Just my $0.02

  2. Yes, and the Mac mini server is a great deal for a small group’s server needs.

    I wonder what Apple will be doing with their new BILLION dollar server farm? It should be up and running next year.

  3. The licensing model alone makes it a tremendous value. As companies continue to scale back, look for more of them to ditch Microsoft’s exorbitant per-seat license fees, which they must pay over and over and over again.

    IT departments are cost centers. They are constantly asked to do more with less. Problem is, many of them still have the mindset that a MS-only shop is still a best practice. Either that, or they’d rather dance with the devil they know, instead of one they don’t know. Either way, the devil is killing them, cost-wise.

    But, as budgets continue to shrink, it’s just a matter of time before there will be too much pressure for them to stay in their MS comfort zone and look at other products. When they finally do, they will see Apple there, waiting for them with a great value proposition.

    And then there shall be light….

  4. Riiigght. For around half the price one can purchase Small Business Server 2008 which about doubles the features using the same tools used in Fortune 500.

    Active Directory- check
    Exchange Server- check
    Sharepoint Server- check
    SQL Server- check
    Centrally managed desktop configurations & updates via Group Policy- check
    Daily Reporting on Health & Network Status- check
    Built in Remote Access to all of the above including remote desktops WITHOUT VPN- check

  5. It’s nice to see you Apple guys argue about price on both ends of the spectrum.

    When Apple is more expensive, you’re all about “Value”
    When MS is more expensive, you’re all about “Price”

    Dell/HP all have SBS entry level servers around the $1000 mark. Microsoft publishes RETAIL pricing.

    Regarding the Mac Mini, most would not recommend a real business implement their infrastructure on laptop parts.

    The fact that Apple’s major Leopard Server feature is “Podcast Producer” is evidence enough of how far out in left field they are relative to the real needs of the typical small business.

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