Apple Computer rolled out two powerful servers this week that users and analysts say should do well in educational and graphics workgroups, but not in enterprise-level businesses.
The two Xserve servers are aimed at businesses where Macintosh experience is abundant and loyalty is high. Previously, the company marketed the Server G4, a less powerful deskside computer, at those types of businesses.
The Xserve models are rack-mounted, 1U (1.75-inch) high servers that use the single and dual PowerPC G4 processors and operate at 1GHz. Each server features up to as much as 480GB of disk space and has dual Gigabit Ethernet adapters for connection to the network. It runs Apple's Mac OS X operating system, which is based on Unix.
Graphics and media groups within enterprise-size businesses with multiple operating systems and hardware platforms will be hardest for Apple to break into, users say.
The Xserve comes in two models, differentiated by the number of processors they have. It includes OS software and no additional charge for client licences. Server Admin, a monitoring and remote management utility, is also included as is Server Monitor, which lets administrators remotely monitor and report detailed information about the Xserve servers on the network.
Separately Apple gave users a glimpse of a 2Gbps Fibre Channel RAID storage array that will be introduced before the end of the year. The Xserve RAID will scale to 1.7 terabytes and be introduced late this year.
The single processor Xserve is $US3000; the dual processor model is $4000. Both will be available in June.