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IT News Thread, Apple is to discontinue Xserve in Other News; Some revealing info from The Register here. Seems that Apple didn't want too upgrade to the latest Intel processors for ...
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    Some revealing info from The Register here. Seems that Apple didn't want too upgrade to the latest Intel processors for some reason.

    This is exactly the sort of thing you'd expect. The handwriting was on the wall earlier this year when Apple didn't refresh its two-socket, rack-mounted server with Intel's latest six-core "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processors — something that was, from an engineering point of view, relatively easy to do.

    That's because the Xeon 5600s are socket-compatible with the quad-core Xeon 5500s that were announced in early April 2009, only a few days after Intel pushed out these "Nehalem-EP" server and workstation chips into the gaping maw of the Great Recession and defied it.

    The Xeon 5500s offered a huge performance boost for many workloads compared to previous Xeon 5300 and 5400 processors, mainly due to the switch from the frontside bus architecture to the QuickPath Interconnect point-to-point interconnect used with current Xeon servers. The Xeon 5600 rev happened a year later, and most cases, all server makers had to do to refresh their lines was to certify the new chip, add support for fatter 8 GB and 16 GB DDR3 memory sticks as well as low-voltage 8 GB parts, maybe put in a higher-efficiency power supply, and cram in a few more disk drives in a clever way in their 1U, 2U, and 4U rack form factors and tower equivalents.

    It is the height of laziness and selfishness that Apple has not long-since done this, and it is a disservice to Xserve customers that Apple is not revving the Xserves with Xeon 5600s, fatter memory, and faster and more capacious disks as it begins winding down the Xserve product line. Apple could also have given customers just a little bit more warning.
    The rest of the article can be found here:

    Steve Jobs chucks Apple server biz from pram ? The Register

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    Saw this on the Register earlier...guess what we have for our macs?

    Which is a shame, because our xServe is deafinately one of our nicest looking servers. Oh so shiny.

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    Reading the Register article from above, it seems clear to me that Apple simply weren't making enough money through the XServes.
    It's disappointing and will definitely leave a lot of people in a sticky situation when something goes wrong - the limited availability of new drives certainly worries me. That said, we should be fine with ours. It's fairly new, pretty well spec'ed and connected to our EMC SAN for storage. So long as we buy in a couple of spares in the next 12 months in case the system drive(s) go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by abullett View Post
    Reading the Register article from above, it seems clear to me that Apple simply weren't making enough money through the XServes.
    It's disappointing and will definitely leave a lot of people in a sticky situation when something goes wrong - the limited availability of new drives certainly worries me. That said, we should be fine with ours. It's fairly new, pretty well spec'ed and connected to our EMC SAN for storage. So long as we buy in a couple of spares in the next 12 months in case the system drive(s) go...
    The drives inside the caddies aren't anything special usually, so it shouldn't be a massive issue if one dies - just buy another with the same spec from a standard PC hardware seller and replace the one in the caddy.

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    Cool.
    Where's my thanks button gone?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abullett View Post
    Cool.
    Where's my thanks button gone?!
    Don't think there is one in the news section. There's the 'Reputation' button though (the star).

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    Ah yeah - didn't think what section we were in!
    Thanks for pointing that out



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