Enterprise Stories November 7, 2010

An interesting little exchange of words went down at the XSanity forums this weekend. After Friday’s news of the death of the Xserve, Eric Zelenka, Apple Senior Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for server, storage, and management products, chimed in with something to rest everyone’s beating hearts.

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.

A little over nine hours later, he deleted the message.  Why?

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Apple adapter foreground, Kanex in the back.

If you are an Apple customer who’ve had a 30-inch display since the time Apple announced they’d be going from DVI adapters to Mini DisplayPort, you’ve probably gone through the wringer like me.

Display flicker Issues with Apple’s adapter

That link is to the timeline up until last year.  I’m not alone, here are two Apple Discussions threads with thousands of people with similar problems:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8680802 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8674416 Amazon too

Now Apple’s product, after three firmware updates over two years and significant user outrage, mostly works, but I still have a problem pictured above often when I return to my Dell and HP monitors after sleep.  By clicking input on my monitor and shutting it off and on a few times, it snaps back into shape.  But that is a pain especially since I can hook up my DVI MacBook Pro without issue (and it works fine on my Unibody running Windows in Bootcamp!)  What to do?  Kanex to the rescue… expand full story

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).

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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

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