The Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, better known for its snazzy computer designs, said the Xserve 1U server will complement the Unix-based Mac OS X Server software and will offer support for dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, each with 2MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) level-3 cache.
The company said Xserve would be the first 1U server to use DDR SDRAM memory with up to 2 GB capacity. It will offer four hot-plug ATA/100 drives (independent channels with up to 120 GB in each bay), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and two 64-bit/66MHz PCI slots.
"Xserve includes an unlimited user license to Mac OS X Server software, offering users a combination for file/print service, video streaming, database applications, computational clustering and Web and mail serving," Apple said in a statement.
The rackmount dedicated server is being bundled with software for SMP and is available in two models -- the 1GHz/256MB/60GB, priced at $2,999, and the dual-1GHz/512MB/60GB, priced at $3,999.
"Xserve is super easy to set up, and is easily integrated into existing networks. Plus, with its unlimited-user software license at no extra cost, Xserve is a tremendously cost-effective server with real Unix under the hood," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said.
The company said the rackmount server would be perfect for I/O-intensive applications such as digital video, high-resolution digital imagery, and large scientific datasets.
The vendor said that Xserve, which will go up against server products from tech giants like IBM, Sun, Dell and HP, will be available in June. Enterprises will have the option of purchasing it as a standard configurations or of customizing it for specific customers."With four independent ATA/100 drive channels, Xserve offers nearly double the performance of other 1U servers that utilize more expensive Ultra3 SCSI drives. Xserve features several new capabilities designed to make server set up and remote management easier than ever before," the company raved.
Apple also said the Server Admin would provide a monitoring and remote management tool to allow administrators to set up and manage all Mac OS X Server network services remotely. It includes the Server Monitor hardware monitoring tool that lets system administrators remotely monitor one or many servers, get detailed subsystem views, produce reports, and receive system notification alerts via text capable e-mail, pager, cell phone, or PDA.
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