Between all the updated MacBooks and Snow Leopard news items across the web, you’d almost forget that Apple also has its own server operating system which will also got updated from Leopard to Snow Leopard yesterday. It benefits from the same improvements as the client version, but of course also has a set of its own, server-specific improvements.
The biggest improvement is that Snow Leopard Server is now completely 64bit, meaning it can access up to 16TB of RAM, a theoretical amount of RAM, obviously. Overall server performance should benefit from this move to 64bit; especially virtualisation will really like the extra RAM.
Snow Leopard Server also comes with Podcast Producer 2, a new version of the tool which allows you to, well, create and publish podcasts; one of its new features is Podcast Composer, which allows you to automate the completion and publishing of podcasts. iCal Server has also been bumped to version 2, which includes, among other things, real-time calendar access from iPhones, and a new web based calendar client.
It also comes with Wiki Server 2, Address Book Server (which makes sharing contacts easier), and Mobile Access Server, which enables you to access firewall-protected services with your mobile Mac or iPhone. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, ZFS support has been dropped completely from Snow Leopard Server.
Snow Leopard Server will be released alongside the client version in September, and it’s Intel-only as well, obviously. Snow Leopard Server, with an unlimited amount of client licenses, will set you back 499 USD.
I know a long time ago anandtech did a benchmark run comparing OSX, Windows and I think Linux in terms of server runs but I haven’t really seen anyone do it of recent versions. Would be great to see how OSX fairs
Especially since they all run Intel hardware
Edited 2009-06-09 21:34 UTC