Apple Introduces New Xserve; Most Powerful Apple Server Ever
Apple today introduced the new Xserve, a 1U rack-optimized server that is up
to twice as fast as its predecessor and includes an unlimited client license
for Mac OS X Server Leopard. Starting at just $2,999, the new Xserve has up to
two Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors for 8-core performance, a new
server architecture, faster front side buses, faster memory, up to 3TB of
internal storage and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots for greater
performance and flexibility.
“With the latest Intel processors and no client access licenses, Xserve
offers unbeatable server performance and value for under $3,000,” said Philip
Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“Xserve’s power, storage and Leopard Server make it ideal for supporting Mac
clients and mixed platform workgroups.”
Xserve is configurable with up to two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series
processors running up to 3.0 GHz with 12MB of L2 cache per processor and
features a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz
front side buses and up to 32GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory for a 64 percent
increase in memory throughput. Two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots provide up
to four times the I/O bandwidth of the previous Xserve to support the latest
high-bandwidth expansion cards including multi-channel 4Gb Fibre channel and
10Gb Ethernet cards.
Xserve now includes built-in accelerated graphics to drive up to a 23-inch
Apple Cinema Display and a new front-facing USB 2.0 port. Using Apple’s Server
Monitor, an administrator can remotely turn Xserve on or off and manage server
software from anywhere on the network. Each of Xserve’s three drive bays can be
configured with 73GB or 300GB SAS drives or 80GB and 1TB SATA drives, providing
a mix of high performance and vast storage capabilities for a wide range of
server applications. Apple offers a hardware RAID card option that delivers
hardware RAID levels 0, 1 and 5 with 256MB of cache and an included backup
battery for up to 72 hours of cached data protection. The Xserve RAID card
delivers up to 251MB/s RAID 5 performance for the most demanding server
workloads, without using a valuable PCI Express expansion slot.
The new Xserve improves energy efficiency with Intel’s 45 nanometer core
microarchitecture technology. The processors draw a maximum consumption of 80W,
and drop as low as 4W when idle. Power supplies exceed Energy Star
recommendations from the US Department of Energy and Apple’s thermal management
technology cools the systems efficiently in a wide variety of environments
while reducing power consumption.
Every Xserve ships with a preinstalled, unlimited client edition of Leopard
Server software, offering true 64-bit support, easy-to-use management tools and
support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients. Leopard Server is fully UNIX
compliant and extends Apple’s legendary ease of use by introducing over 250 new
features, including Podcast Producer, the ideal way to automatically publish
podcasts to iTunes or the web; Wiki Server, allowing people to collaboratively
create and modify their shared web sites with just a few clicks; and iCal
Server, the world’s first commercial CalDAV standard-based calendar server.
The new Xserve is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store
(www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized