Apple discontinues Xserve as of January 31; will continue to fully support existing units

Apple StoreApple is transitioning away from Xserve. Xserve will be available for order through January 31, 2011. After that date, customers looking to upgrade, replace, or supplement existing Xserve systems with new Apple hardware have the following two server solutions to choose from.

Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server
Mac Pro systems deliver performance and expandability equal to or surpassing Xserve, and offer an excellent server solution for customers looking for the highest levels of performance, storage, and expandability. Now preloaded with Mac OS X Server, the Mac Pro tower form factor can be deployed in an office environment on or under a desk, or in a data center environment on a shelf in a rack with two units per 12U.

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server
Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system. It brings great capability in a small, efficient form factor that is affordable and can be deployed anywhere. Perfect for small business and workgroups of up to 50 people, a single Mac mini can run the full suite of Mac OS X Server services. A single Mac mini can also be deployed as a single-task server for a larger number of users in a business or education environment.
Depending on the workload and number of users, a single Xserve could be replaced with one or multiple Mac mini server systems.

During the gradual transition from Xserve, Apple will continue to provide warranty service and complimentary technical support for the product. Apple continues to offer Mac OS X Server on the popular Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server solution and the new Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server solution as alternatives to Xserve.

Apple will continue to take orders for current Xserve models through January 31, 2011. These systems will have Apple’s full standard one-year warranty. The AppleCare Premium Service and Support program for Xserve is available as an option at time of order to extend complimentary technical support and hardware service coverage to three years from the Xserve date of purchase.

Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current shipping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve through the end of 2011 or while supplies last. Apple will continue to support Xserve customers with service parts for warranty and out-of- warranty service.

Customers can rest assured that Intel-based Xserve systems will continue to provide useful service during and after this transition.

More info, including benchmarks of Mac Pro and Mac mini vs. Xserve, in Apple’s “Xserve Transition Guide” (.pdf) here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

81 Comments

  1. I read this news earlier and was waiting for MDN to post it so I may voice my dismay. I feel Apple is big enough, able enough to continue some of their product lines even if they seem a bit dead weight. This was important, Apple, for those that care to run Final Cut Pro etc. in an enterprise environment. Suggesting Mac Minis or Mac Pros are just offensive.

    It was prestigious when Apple servers were used at Virgina Tech’s System X cluster. I had built a SMPS cluster at my school using left-over 200 HP and IBM boxes in 2005, and had recommended school to switch to Xserve when the budgets would allow.

    Not one of your insanely great moves Apple.

    MDN MW: ‘costs’ aren’t always monetary kind.

  2. Makes me wonder about the future of Xsan now. Or for that matter, Mac OS X Server itself. So much for Apple being serious about playing in the Enterprise space.

  3. Isn’t it true, that Steve Jobs and Fred Mertz have never been seen in the same room? Isn’t it in fact true that, whenever Mr. Jobs is in view, Mr. Mertz is nowhere to be seen and vice-versa?
    Just wondering…

  4. I really liked the 2 Xserves I have administered in my career, but I have to say they are big beasts and VERY noisy. I understand they should be installed in a separate room away from people, but many small businesses don’t have the space to do that.

    The Mac mini server is incredible value for money, and it includes unlimited client OS X Server so it’s a no-brainer in my opinion. I currently have 2 running in my workplace, and they are sweet. Small, silent and very fast.

    I haven’t used a Mac Pro Server but I imagine they are a lot easier to install (no rack required) and much quieter but just as powerful as the Xserves.

    RIP Xserve.

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