Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Nov 2010 13:10 UTC
Apple It's the end of the line for Apple's line of servers, the Xserve. The Cupertino giant has just announced that the Xserve line (no more future models, either) will no longer be sold after January 31, 2011, and advises people interested in Mac OS X Server to buy either a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server installed.
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Apple probably realizes that the server market is very expensive with a low ROI, and is dominated by several manufacturers, most notably Dell, HP, IBM, Supermicro, and Oracle/Sun.

Or the future is cloud with the target customers (who bought XServe's) would be more than happy to shunt their work loads off to an Apple data-centre for processing rather than having a massive capital investment that is under-utilised even in the best of times. I know when I was at the Azure launch in Wellington one of the case scenarios was a company that uses the Microsoft cloud for batch processing of rendering instead of having their own in house rendering farm.

I managed 3 Mac servers at my last place I was employed and lets say that Mac OS X Server wasn't designed to be a server to handle heavy loads - as soon as you start getting up there with the number of users the server slows to a crawl. When I mean slows to a crawl, not a gradual slow down but a plummeting off a cliff kind of slow down.

The question though is what is Apple going to do when it comes to interoperability in the future - are they going to finally license SMB off Microsoft? provide a AFP server for Windows server that hooks into active directory? something has to be done regarding interoperability especially for those who use their Mac's in a work environment.

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