Besides a new version of WebObjects, Apple used CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote today at the 2001 Worldwide Developer Conference to introduce an all-new, “industrial-strength” Mac OS X Server operating system along with new Macintosh Server G4 hardware configurations.
The new Mac OS X Server is built on top of the latest Mac OS X operating system foundation and combines the power of a UNIX-based server with the ease-of-use of the Mac, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. It also makes much fuller use of the Aqua GUI (graphical user interface) than its predecessor. The new Mac OS X Server integrates server applications such as an Apache Web server, Samba for Windows file sharing, WebObjects 5 application server, and QuickTime Streaming Server 3, to provide services to Mac, Windows, and UNIX clients and networks.
“Mac OS X Server is Apple’s most powerful server ever and can easily integrate into Mac, Windows and UNIX networks,” Schiller said in a statement.
Mac OS X Server sports protected memory, preemptive multi-tasking, symmetric multiprocessing, advanced memory management and the latest networking and security standards. To maximize server uptime, Mac OS X Server features fault tolerance systems to automatically detect and recover from failures in system services.
A dual processor configured Macintosh Server G4 takes full advantage of symmetric multiprocessing to automatically allocate tasks and deliver twice the productivity and efficiency, according to Apple. Additionally, Mac OS X Server and the Macintosh Server G4 combination deliver the benefits of Gigabit Ethernet allowing large files to speed across the network, the company adds. Apple says that, with Mac OS X Server, administrators have the tools to deploy servers that:
iServices, Apple’s training and professional services organization, will offer Mac OS X Server training courses and certification programs for system administrators and technical coordinators. For details go to Apple’s technical training Web site.
Mac OS X Server 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 is designed to run on Macintosh Server G4, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, iMac, Macintosh Server G3 and Power Mac G3 computers with 128MB RAM and 4GB of available disk space.