Enterprise Stories November 5, 2010

COMPUTERWORLD: Strange days, on the one hand you see Apple discontinue its main enterprise product (the Xserve) in the same week as we see the company’s enterprise credentials climb a notch or two, and we also learn the company’s looking to mobile payment solutions in order to bring people without credit cards inside its future iWallet economy.

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Yet more Apple moves in corporate America, where the iPhone and iPad are gaining more traction than the actually pretty good Xserve ever did — it seems Bank of America and Citigroup  are considering whether to let employees use the Apple Inc. phone as an alternative to Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail.

From out tips:

At PwC, we go live with iPhone roll-out in January – available to all 30,000 US employees. No word yet on availability to our foreign comrades (roughly 120,000 of them worldwide).

– Talkin’ Bout A Revolution expand full story

Well, Apple didn’t take long to replace its Xserve today.  Noting the change in its Xserve transition documents (PDF), we headed over to the Apple Store and lo and behold, there is a new Mac Pro Server option that fits nicely where the Xserve now does.

It ships within a month and can be configured with 12 cores where the Xserve maxes out at 8.  We’ve compared max out setups below: expand full story


Wow. As of January 31st, the Xserve will be no more.  After almost a decade (it was introduced in 2002), Apple will no longer have a rack mounable server product unless you consider things like MacMini Colo a rack mountable solution.

The Enterprise business really never took off for Apple and besides some brief notoriety for their G5 Supercomputers in the middle part of the decade, Apple’s Xserves never really stood out in the greater enterprise community.  Although they looked good and were great machines, they were expensive for their performance.

This will be a big blow to the businesses that use Macs as servers, but like everything else, Apple likely sees these businesses moving to the cloud for their Apple server needs.  Perhaps we’ll see a MobileMe Enterprise edition coming out of North Carolina?

On the hardware side, businesses that would have otherwise bought an Xserve will be forced into buying Mac Pros or Minis…unless Apple decides to license its Server software to someone else.  But we’re not even sure there will be a new version of OSX Server.

Does this also put 10.7 Lion Server on the endangered species list?

All we can say is: RIP to the best looking 1U Rack mountable server out there.  It was always especially interesting to open them up and see how Apple arranged those motherboards, hard drives and other equipment in two dimensions.  :( expand full story

Enterprise Stories November 4, 2010

COMPUTERWORLD: I’ve said it before now I’m saying it again, the iPad is indeed cannibalizing netbook sales. For proof, you don’t have to ask Best Buy’s boss, nor do you have to listen to the analysts, you just need to speak with Microsoft. Apple’s iPad is exploding into the enterprise, defining new categories and generating huge disruption across many industries, meanwhile competitors are simply unable to keep up as Apple does the business.



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