Apple Nehalem-Based Servers Now at Resellers

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-04-08 Print this article Print

Claiming an 89 percent improvement in performance per watt, Apple today announced immediate availability of its updated Xserve server that uses Intel's Nehalem Xeon 5500 processor. It's a message that Apple hopes will resonate with customers in education, business and creative services, where Apple is targeting the workgroup server.

The new Nehalem-based Apple Xserve is available through authorized Apple resellers and through the Apple Store. The price for the Xserve starts at $2,999, which includes an unlimited-client license for Mac OS Xserver Version 10.5 Leopard that provides support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client licenses, according to Apple.

"With up to twice the performance, better power efficiency and an innovative SSD (solid state drive) option, this is the best Xserve we've ever made," says David Moody, Apple's vice president of worldwide Mac product marketing, in a prepared formal statement issued by the company.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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