Mac OS X Server also revved to version 10.1

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Not only will Mac OS X v10.1 be in stores this Saturday, Apple has announced the availability of Mac OS X Server v. 10.1, the first major upgrade to the company's industrial-strength, UNIX-based server operating system.

The update delivers system-wide performance enhancements, increased reliability and substantially faster file transfer times, Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide product marketing, said during a keynote address at the Seybold San Francisco conference. Version 10.1 launches server-side apps faster, speeds up printing times, increases administration response and cuts down on file transfer times, he added.

Mac OS X Server now delivers flexible storage options and data redundancy with software RAID support, Schiller said. This means RAID support for disk striping (RAID-0) and disk mirroring (RAID-1).

It offers educators increased system reliability and responsiveness through enhancements to NetBoot and Macintosh Manager 2.1, Schiller said. Macintosh Manager 2.1 provides support for local administration from Mac OS X Server. Support for the latest Mac systems are due to the inclusion of Mac OS 9.2.1 within NetBoot. What's more, Mac OS X Server v10.1 integrates "the most recent and reliable" Open Source components, including Apache, Samba, PHP, MySQL, Tomcat and OpenSSL, as well as a new release of QuickTime Streaming Server, version 3.0.2, he added.

Mac OS X Server 10.1 software and Macintosh Server G4 can be purchased now through the online Apple Store, at Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers in the following configurations:

  • Mac OS X Server v10.1 (10-Client Edition), designed for professional Web masters and small work groups with simultaneous file sharing to not more than 10 Mac clients, for a suggested retail price of US $499;
  • Mac OS X Server v10.1(Unlimited-Client Edition), targeted to classroom labs, creative professionals and medium-to-large work groups with high volume file sharing activity, for $999;
  • Mac OS X Server v10.1, 10-client to Unlimited-Client license upgrade for $499;
  • Macintosh Server G4, with a 733MHz PowerPC G4 processor, 256K of L2 cache, 256MB SDRAM, 80GB Ultra ATA drive, CD-RW drive, Nvidia GeForce2 MX graphics, 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, two USB ports, two FireWire ports and Mac OS X Server Unlimited-Client Edition, for a suggested retail price of $2,799.
  • The Mac OS X Server v10.1 software upgrade package is available for $19.95 and includes the Mac OS X Server v10.1 upgrade CD, the Macintosh Manager 2.1 CD, the NetBoot CD and a Developer Tools CD. U.S. and Canadian education customers can receive the Mac OS X Server v10.1 upgrade free of charge by calling 1-800-800-2775.

    Mac OS X Server is designed to run on Mac Server G4, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, iMac, Mac Server G3 and Power Mac G3 computers with 128 MB RAM and 4 GB of available disk space.

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