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
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.