In addition to
its “Editors’ Choice” award
for the iMac, PC Mag has also
praised Apple’s Xserve. The reviewers said that the Xserve “defies categorization: It does many things well and at an affordable price.”
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The secret to the Xserve’s success, said the reviewers, is a “combination of robust hardware, a great OS, and extensive software for almost every task you might expect from a server.”
Apple’s inclusion of an unlimited license for Mac OS X Server, WebObjects, Apache, Tomcat (the Java application server) and other amenities “makes the Xserve a well-appointed and economical server solution,” less, he said, than a similarly equipped Dell system.
Mac OS X’s UNIX underpinnings mean that wonks can avoid the GUI in favor of a command line interface, if they prefer. Configuring the box “was a breeze.” It’s a plug-and-play Web server, it plays well with other operating systems for file sharing capabilities, and its extensive Java support means the Xserve can be used for custom application deployment without incurring major fees for software licensing. And QuickTime Streaming Server and QuickTime Broadcaster means the Xserve is also good for videoconferencing and video and audio streaming.
“In short, the Xserve is an impressive server with a multitude of potential uses, excellent ease of use, plenty of storage, and a software configuration that allows for an unlimited number of connections — all at a truly reasonable price,” concluded the review.