OS X Server 10.1 Is No Laughing Matter
Apple's Mac server boasts broad file and print sharing capabilities.Traditionally, putting the words "Mac" and "server" together was a good way to get a laugh. Macintoshes made lousy file servers and even worse Web servers. But eWeek Labs tests of Apple Computer Inc.s OS X Server 10.1 showed the now-Unix-based Mac finally makes a good server. The standard Mac OS X operating system has the same BSD-based architecture, which makes Mac OS X a decent server itself. What sets Mac OS X Server 10.1 apart from the standard edition are OS X Server 10.1s broad file and print sharing capabilities, which make good use of open-source technologies such as Samba; increased fault tolerance and support for RAID; intuitive server and network management tools; and a broad collection of server applications, including the QuickTime Streaming Server, MySQL, Tomcat and Web-Objects 5.
Its a simple matter to build a very similar (and less expensive) system using one of the freely available BSD operating systems, although such a setup would, of course, lack the intuitive Mac interface. We found that the Mac-based GUI management tools provided much easier administration than did the Unix-based versions of these tools.