Fri, 28 Mar 2008 Apple Xserve (2008) Server Review
Apple's latest rackmount server offers more power in a compact package
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Powerful, compact 1U server; robust hardware RAID allows up to 2TB of protected internal storage.
- Cons: Expensive hardware RAID; lights-out controller ships unconfigured; embedded controller requires convoluted deployment for secure remote access; more expensive to power and cool than G5 or G4 models.
- Price: £1,999
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
The quad-core Xeon-based Apple Xserve is a superbly modern 1U server with powerful options for storage and remote access. As with any server, deployments should be carefully planned—the embedded LOM may necessitate an additional Ethernet card under some circumstances, and anyone upgrading from a PowerPC-based model should study their power and cooling infrastructure before upgrading.