Jobs Felt “Hardly Anyone Was Buying” Apple Servers, Report Says



Over the weekend, Apple CEO Steve Jobs provided a few (very few) reasons why the Cupertino, Calif. was shelving the Xserve: it wasn’t selling well. “Hardly anyone was buying them,” Jobs explained in an email to a French website.

In a related mini-mystery, an Apple executive publicly affirmed Apple will still support its server customers, but then mysteriously deleted the message.

Friday, Apple announced without explanation, it would stop selling the Xserve line January 31, 2011, offering a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server or a Mac mini as alternatives. In response to a question about the reasons for the decision, the Apple CEO emailed from his iPhone that the Xserve line just wasn’t selling, according to a French website MacGeneration.

Soon afterward, Apple Senior Product Manager for server sales Eric Zelenka posted a note expressing the companies continued commitment to supporting servers.

“Apple remains committed to the development of server products, technologies and services. Today’s announcement does not impact the future of Xsan or server software on Mac OS X,” Zelenka wrote at Xsanity forums over the weekend. However, nine hours later, the post was deleted, prompting some to ask why.