After a long period of no updates, Apple has finally updated its often overlooked line of server hardware, the Xserve. The last update was in January 2008, which added the Xeon “Harpertown” processor, and this latest update introduces – as expected – Intel’s Nehalem processors, as well as a host of other upgrades and new options.
The press release neatly summarises most of the important changes:
Using Intel â€œNehalemâ€ Xeon processors and a next generation system architecture, the 1U rack-optimized Xserve delivers up to an 89 percent improvement in performance per watt. Xserve is available with up to two 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon processors and industry-leading storage options that include a low-power solid state drive (SSD) and up to 3TB of internal storage. Starting at $2,999, Xserve includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard.
The new Xserve is available starting today, at the mentioned price of USD 2999. Note that Mac OS X Leopard only supports up to 32GB of memory, while the technical limits of the new Xserve allows for 96GB of RAM. Snow Leopard will most likely solve this issue, but it is something to take note of if you’re planning some serious virtualisation workloads.