Apple Please Do Not Discontinue The Xserve Product Line

On 11/5/10 Apple INC. announced their intention to discontinue the Xserve server line as stated at http://www.apple.com/xserve/resources.html.

This choice by Apple INC. will negatively affect Apple's presence in the enterprise and educational space by leaving current Xserve owners no reasonable upgrade path. Mac OS X administrators and deployment specialists need a server product that addresses the following criteria to continue making Mac OS X and iOS devices work on an enterprise level:

  • A server solution that is  rack mountable 
  • A server solution with redundant power supplies
  • A server solution with out-of-band management

While the Xserve line may not be as commercially successful as Apple wants, the product is very important to bringing other Apple products into enterprise and educational settings.  The Xserve also is also a green product that provides enterprises a powerful and responsible platform that the Mac Pro Server alternative does not.

Mac OS based administrators find this announcement also makes no assurance about the future of the Mac OS X Server software platform.

We the undersigned call for Apple to resume development of the Xserve product or introduce another product that meets the criteria mentioned above. We also ask that Apple clarify their position on the  future of the Mac OS X Server operating system.


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Links

Mac OS X Server Intro‬

Xserve introduction keynote interview ‬

Xserve available until January 31.

Why Apple killed Xserve ‬

An Open Letter to Apple on Server Technologies

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    1 year ago Comments: XDTdo0 Major thanks for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.
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    George Kvasna, Australia

    3 years ago Comments: Xserver is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses, like ours with its fit and form. It was ahead of it's time just like some other product. I honestly believe it's commercial success is about to commence. Discontinuance of the Xserver development will close door on an expanding sector of Apple customer base.
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