Apple Bolsters Xserve with New Server

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-08-14 Print this article Print

The latest Xserve is a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Apple's "Tiger" Mac OS X Server on two Core Duo Intel Xeon processors.

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple Computers CEO Steve Jobs didnt state it quite this directly at the Aug. 7 opening of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference here at Moscone Center West, but this much is clear: Apple has seriously upgraded its 1U, rack-mountable Xserve server line, and its installed base of graphics arts, animation rendering and video production professionals is the target audience.

The fallout, the company hopes, will be that newcomers will hear about the Xserve and its RAID version and become part of the installed base themselves. Apple contends that this server, available in October, is twice as fast at I/O and will run cooler and use less power than its predecessor—an unusual market claim to make. The new server, at base, will cost exactly the same as the previous version—$2,999.

The latest Xserve is a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Apples "Tiger" Mac OS X Server on two Core Duo Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0GHz.

It features a new lights-out management system that enables administrators to control the hardware from a remote location through Apples Server Monitor software and Remote Desktop agent; new internal graphics that can drive up to a 23-inch cinema display as well as industry-standard VGA devices; and an ATI Radeon X1300 256MB PCI Express graphics card as a build-to-order option.

"This new upgrade is really about high-performance computing," said IDCs Vice President of Global Enterprise Server Solutions Jean Bozman, in Mountain View, Calif. "So many Mac shops are doing high-end animation and graphics work now, and theyve been asking for more horsepower."

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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