Apple is dropping the Xserve product as it works towards a consumer focused company. With the launch of new technologies, like the iPhone and iPad, the company is shifting its focus away from enterprise solutions. Apple will not be developing a future version of Xserve. During this gradual transition from Xserve, the company will continue to provide warranty service and technical support for the product.
Mac Pro can be configured beyond the current Xserve—supporting 12-core processing and four internal drive bays that support 512GB solid-state, 1TB, or 2TB drives. In addition to Intel’s Westmere six-core and quad-core chips, the Mac Pros are also available with Intel’s older Nehalem quad-core chips. The Mac Pro tower form factor can be deployed in an office environment on/under a desk, or even in a data center environment on a shelf in a rack with two units per 12U.
The Mac mini, however, is designed to deliver services to a workgroup of up to 50 people, or provide a single service to a larger client load by combining a small form factor with a dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and two 500GB hard drives. The mini does not offer the performance of Xserve Server so consumers with a high-performance, high-capacity storage, or with advanced multiport network requirements will find Mac Pro a more configurable system.
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