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Review: Apple Xserve (2008) server

Apple's rackmount server now sports Intel quad-core Xeon processors inside its slim 1U package. The 2008 Edition of the Xserve has powerful options, but deploying the device into your network should be carefully planned.

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

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.


The new Xserve is a very model of the modern Intel-based 1U server, with a few caveats. Configuration of the lights-out management needs to be refined, and its lack of a hardware RAID is a glaring omission. Most annoyances of past Xserves have been rectified, and the whole system ranks admirably among the finest of today’s systems.