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Apple Please Do Not Discontinue The Xserve Product Line

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On 11/5/10 Apple INC. announced their intention to discontinue the Xserve server line as stated at

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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