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Xserve (2.8GHz Quad-Core Xeon) (2008)

At a Glance
  • Apple Xserve (2.8GHz Quad-Core Xeon) (2008)

    Macworld Rating

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.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Apple's Xserve server Mac is powered by a four-core 2.8GHz Xeon processor by default, with build-to-order options for two four-core 2.8GHz Xeons or two four-core 3.0GHz Xeons.


    • Powerful, compact 1U server
    • Robust hardware RAID allows up to 2TB of protected internal storage


    • Embedded controller requires convoluted deployment for secure remote access
    • Expensive hardware RAID
    • Lights-out controller ships unconfigured
    • More expensive to power and cool than G5 or G4 models
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