Jobs Unveils Jaguar Server
Apple hopes to make inroads in mixed OS environments with new UNIX-based server. While Apple's forthcoming "Jaguar" upgrade took the stage at CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote, the company quietly unveiled the new server release.Apple Computer Inc. Wednesday announced the next update to its UNIX-based Mac OS X Server software, version 10.2. While the client version of Apples forthcoming "Jaguar" upgrade took the stage at CEO Steve Jobs Macworld Expo/New York keynote, the company quietly unveiled the new server release, set to ship alongside it in August. Apple believes that it can contribute its trademark ease-of-use to the server OS space, said Tom Goguen, Apples director of Worldwide Product Marketing for Server Software. "You dont need a black-belt in UNIX," he said, pointing out that while OS X Server has an "industrial-strength" UNIX core, it takes only one button to start up the Apache web server. "Apple has so much to offer from that perspective." While acknowledging that companies with a strong Windows investment are unlikely to make a full platform switch, Goguen said that Apple hopes to make inroads in mixed OS environments. "We think we can address those customers problems," he said.
Jaguar Server will ship with Open Directory, Apples LDAP-based directory services architecture. With LDAP built into its core, OS X Server can access any LDAP directory server. While Microsoft takes a different approach with its Active Directory, Goguen said, Apple can accomplish the same goals while embracing open standards.