Apple offers new $2999 Mac Pro Server to replace Xserve

Apple Store“Apple on Friday added a new server option to its Mac Pro lineup Friday, with a $2,999 system that is designed to replace the Xserve hardware which will be discontinued in early 2011,” AppleInsider reports.

“The Mac Pro Server comes with one 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon ‘Nehalem’ processor, 8GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives. It also has Mac OS X Server unlimited with a client license, and an ATI HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory,” AppleInsider reports. “The new configuration starts at $2,999 and ships in 2 to 4 weeks.”

AppleInsider reports, “The new Mac Pro Server can also be upgraded, with custom build-to-order options offering up to two 2.93GHz six-core Intel Xeon “Westmere” processors, for a total of 12 processing cores at an added cost of $3,475.”

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42 Comments

  1. There’s got to be a master plan. License OS X Server to others? What?

    That would eliminate the need to make the hardware and help them continue to make inroads into the enterprise, which they ARE doing.

    Interesting.

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  2. Unless you are a rack person, this is a good deal. You essentially are getting the Server software for free based on configured price of computer alone. My company is looking at switching to Apple Server but we have some legacy crap that needs MSSBS (mainly Goldmine which requires Exchange Server) and thus it is on hold. But this package makes cost decision a no brainer.

  3. Amazin1 … agreed. This is, for a shop not devoted to blades, an excellent option. The cost is lower. The price is lower. The RAM is higher. The storage is higher. The box is suitable for use in an open office environment. And you can upgrade it to much stronger CPU power. The losses? Throughput, I guess, and modest rack storage.
    For a server-heavy shop – one with ROOMS devoted to servers – this is not a good solution. Which eliminates the Fortune 500 companies. But, a lot of smaller companies and a lot of departments in larger companies can make this work.

  4. ” think that is a big mistake if they plan on pushing into the enterprise market. I think it is a great design with the hot swappable drive bays.”

    Uhm… You must be new.. Apple doesn’t care about the Enterprise..They’re a Consumer Electronics company and have been since the Apple ][

  5. Apple recently began signing up computer services companies to sell it’s stuff to the enterprise & government markets. It would not surprise me if Apple announced that it was going to allow value added resellers to put Mac OSX server on approved 3rd party rack servers.

  6. RAID..RAID..RAID.. Where is the raid? Enterprise is laughing at this. Soft raid is a joke..

    No hot swappable bays sux also. No redundant Power supply. Who gives a shit about the video card ITS A SERVER, it doesn’t need one..

    So lame Apple, so Lame..

  7. Enterprise isn’t going to be happy not having rack-mounted server. This is a dumb move. I love Apple, but this is a dumb move considering enterprise for Apple is about to take off….

  8. @another option

    I hope you are right, I could live with OS X running on an HP server if i had to. Just like the X Raid, is now Promise branded. Not as pretty but functional, and in Promise’s case actually better.

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