70% of Xserve customers say Apple’s discontinuation will have no impact on decision to buy new Macs

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!“When you think about Apple, you think about stylish consumer gadgets like iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macs — but you don’t necessarily think of a business IT company,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “Apparently, Apple doesn’t either.”

“Apple decided last month to kill its Xserve line of rack servers, one of its rare pure-enterprise products,” Goldman reports. “What’s more, Apple gave its business customers just four months to adapt, notifying them through a ‘transition guide’ that it would no longer sell Xserves after Jan. 31, 2011.”

Goldman reports, “Xserve customers’ reaction was, unsurprisingly, a mix of confusion and frustration…. [However] Many Xserve customers say they’re sticking with the Macintosh platform for both desktop and servers. A survey of 1,200 Xserve customers conducted by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance found that 70% of Xserve customers say Apple’s announcement will have no impact on their organization’s decision to buy new Macs.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Apparently no one but Wingsy cares about Xserves.

    Of course discontinuing Xserve would not be a problem if Apple were licensing OS X Server to IBM, Sun, HP, and other makers of big iron while allowing Unisys to integrate it.

  2. It isn’t at all clear what those statistics mean. 70% will continue to buy Macs. But what for? For desktops, laptops and/or servers? Will they continue to buy Apple’s server solution, or will they go somewhere else?

  3. What hardware did Apple put in their BILLION DOLLAR SERVER FARM? Is there a smaller form factor coming next year? The Mac mini server is a great option for small companies. But, there is something else that Apple would use in their server farm.

  4. I’m with those who think Apple will have a 2011 announcement about OS X Server running on someone else’s hardware.

    My money is on Sun. Sun was recently bought by Oracle, and Oracle CEO larry Ellison is BFF with SJ.

  5. Xserves apparently weren’t selling enough to justify Apple continuing to make them.

    Which begs the question, how many customers does this 1,200 survey sample actually represent? 70% of how many total Xserve customers? I didn’t see that number provided in the article itself.

    You’d think this would be a crucial piece of data to include in the story, to provide the reader with an accurate context of just how meaningful that 70% really is.

  6. Mac Mini server also is missing LOM. I wish every damn Mac Pro had this for as much as they cost. Would make my life as a Mac IT guy a lot easier.

    The Dude abides.

  7. having been in the IT field for about 20 years, there was something I learned:

    if a product is crap and discontinued you have to replace it, but really good products continue to be useful and relevant long after they are discontinued.

    how many of us are using old, discontinued macs without any problems or need to replace them?

  8. Apple are apaprently sending reps out to all the large X-serve customers telling them to wait for an announcement regarding an upgrade strategy for the X-serve…

    Maybe they are already building it, but have earmarked all the early production machines for their own server farm…

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