Readers Mull Apples Enterprise Moves
The prospect that the next major rev of Mac OS X and a rack-mounted Mac server hardware will finally push Apple's Unix-based New Wave OS into the enterprise catches the attention of an unprecedented number of professional users more interested in performApple Computers announcements at this weeks Worldwide Developers Conference seem to have brought a lot of grownups out of hidingand many of them emerged ready to respond to my latest column. Dont get me wrong: Previous installments focusing on Apple and the Mac have prompted plenty of intelligent responses (both pro and con), and Ive been pleased to feature many of them.
However, the prospect that the next major rev of Mac OS X (a k a Jaguar) and a rack-mounted Mac server hardware will finally push Apples Unix-based New Wave OS into the enterprise seems to have caught the attention of an unprecedented number of professional users more interested in performance and compatibility than in platform polemics.
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I have been waiting for rack-mountable servers from Apple for the longest time. I run a network of nine Windows 2000 servers, with about 65 Mac clients. When this network was set up, Mac OS X was not available, and AppleShare servers didnt cut it. So that is why it at the time it was decided that Windows servers would flip the bill. Now with Mac OS X coming into its own, and Apple deciding finally to make rack-mountable servers, I will be in a position finally to get some Mac servers on the network. It might not happen right away, but at least now its an option. Aaron Willems