Xserve Line WIll Be Discontinued Starting January 31st, 2011

Xserve Line WIll Be Discontinued Starting January 31st, 2011

If you’re a network administrator in love with the svelte, stackable design of Apple’s Xserve line, you’d better stock up: Apple has announced that they will be discontinuing the Xserve line starting January 31st, 2011.

In an uncharacteristically blunt announcement of future plans, Cupertino has said flat out that they will not be developing a future version of XServe, and that they will stop selling the server Mac at the end of January. Nonetheless, Apple will continue to honor warranties, and will also continue to sell the existing 160GB, 1TB and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve through the end of 2011, or until they sell out.

For businesses that depend on the Xserve, Apple has two obvious suggestions: either start buying Mac Pros with Snow Leopard Server Installed, or opt for the Mac mini with Snow Leopard server if you’re on a budget. Apple will help you transition to these new server solutions as needed.

It’s the end of an era: Apple’s Xserve line has been around since May 2002, and they’ve updated the hardware fairly regularly ever since. Sure, the Mac mini makes a great and affordable server, but we’re sorry to see the stalwart Xserve go after so many years.

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  • Robinson Sam

    Hello John,

    A short question will follow, your patience would be appreciated, thank you. An adapter for the ibook (known problem) once again, no longer functions (number 2 purchase). It is a piece of poor design but without a power source my mac does not work.

    The question is:

    Do I have to keep buying another piece of crap design or buy a new computer with an equally poor  power adapter connection?

    Your input would be vey much appreciated. I write this email, as most of my current missives, from an Internet cafe. No power source at home . . .  (badly designed adapter KAPUT) and I have to buy another one . . . Is there any such thing as accountability to loyal mac users? Or do they think screw them . . . loosers? . . .

  • Robinson Sam

    Hello John,
     
    A short question will follow, your patience would be appreciated, thank you. An adapter for the ibook (known problem) once again, no longer functions (number 2 purchase). It is a piece of poor design but without a power source my mac does not work.
     
    The question is:
     
    Do I have to keep buying another piece of crap design or buy a new computer with an equally poor  power adapter connection?
     
    Your input would be vey much appreciated. I write this email, as most of my current missives, from an Internet cafe. No power source at home . . .  (badly designed adapter KAPUT) and I have to buy another one . . . Is there any such thing as accountability to loyal mac users? Or do they think screw them . . . loosers?

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