Apple has received another thumbs-up from a PC publication. Following
raves over the new iMac and Jaguar
award nominations for the iMac and iPod
has given the
Xserve rackmount server four out of five stars.
“The Apple Xserve server, equipped with the new Mac OS X Server 10.2 operating system, defies categorization: It does many things well and at an affordable price,” the review notes. “This rack-mountable (1U) server’s flexibility comes from the combination of robust hardware, a great OS, and extensive software for almost every task you might expect from a server. The end result is a powerful file, Web, custom application, videoconferencing and streaming audio and video server.”
The fact that the Xserve comes with an unlimited license for Mac OS X Server makes it a “well-appointed and economical server solution,” the review adds. PC Magazine also points out that the base configuration of the Xserve is several hundred dollars less than a similarly equipped Dell PowerEdge 350.
The review praises the Xserve for its ease of configuration, simplicity of administration and software bundle. “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,” PC Magazine concludes.