Apple introduces new XServe

Apple introduces new XServe

Apple has unveiled the latest Xserve, its line of 1U rack-mountable servers.

The new Xserve — a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS X Server Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0GHz — completes the company's transition to Intel-based machines across its entire product line.

Standard configurations will feature 1GB of RAM and 80GB of storage for US$2,999, and will be available in October. Build-to-order options include faster processors, larger hard drives and dual power supplies.

The Xserve server architecture includes PCI Express, independent 1.33GHz front side buses with 4MB of shared L2 cache and fully buffered DIMMs (FB-DIMMs). Apple claims that the new Xserve delivers up to four times the I/O bandwidth, up to three times the memory bandwidth and twice the storage bandwidth of the Xserve G5.

The new Xserve supports up to 32GB of 667MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory. Two eight-lane PCI Express expansion slots provide up to 2GB/s of throughput each. Xserve also supports up to three 3Gbit/s SATA or SAS drives, for up to 2.25TB of hot-plug storage. Thermal management capabilities take advantage of the low power of the Intel processors, running as low as 65W.

Other new features include quick deployment rails for rack mounting, a new lights-out management system that lets administrators control the hardware from a remote location and Apple's Server Monitor software and Remote Desktop agent.

The new Xserve ships with internal graphics that can drive up to a 23-inch Cinema Display as well as industry-standard VGA devices and offers an ATI Radeon X1300 256MB PCI Express graphics card as a build-to-order option.

The Intel-based Xserve will be the first system to ship with a preinstalled unlimited client edition of Tiger Server software that is optimised to run on Intel-based systems. Tiger Server integrates over 100 open source projects and standards-based software applications with management tools for Mac, Windows and Linux clients.

The Xserve base configuration includes a single 80GB 3Gbit/s SATA Apple Drive Module, dual gigabit ethernet onboard, internal graphics, three FireWire 800 and two USB 2.0 ports and an unlimited client licence of Mac OS X Server version 10.4 Tiger. Build-to-order options and accessories include dual 2.66 or 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors; 80GB and 750GB 7,200rpm 3Gbit/s SATA or 73GB and 300GB 15,000rpm SAS Apple Drive Modules; Combo or SuperDrive; and 650W redundant power supply.

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