Apple launches Xserve

USA: Apple has launched Xserve, a 1U rack-mounted server that includes an unlimited client license for Leopard. The new Xserve supports up to two Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors, new server architecture, faster front side buses and memory, as well as 3TB of internal storage and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots. Xserve is configurable with two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors running up to 3.0 GHz with 12MB of L2 cache per processor. It features a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses and up to 32GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory. Two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots provide up to four times the I/O bandwidth to support the expansion cards including multi-channel 4Gb fibre channel and 10Gb Ethernet cards. Xserve includes built-in accelerated graphics to drive a 23-inch Apple Cinema Display and a new front-facing USB 2.0 port. Using Apple’s Server Monitor, an administrator can remotely turn Xserve on or off and manage server software over the network. Each of Xserve’s three drive bays can be configured with 73GB or 300GB SAS drives or 80GB and 1TB SATA drives. Apple offers a hardware RAID card option that delivers hardware RAID levels 0, 1 and 5 with 256MB of cache. A backup battery providing 72 hours of cached data protection is also included. The Xserve RAID card delivers up to 251MB/s RAID 5 performance. The server ships with a pre-installed, unlimited client edition of Leopard Server software to offer 64-bit support as well as management tools and support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients. The standard Xserve is available at US$2,999 through the Apple Store at www.apple.com and Apple Authorized Resellers. Build to order options along with pricing information is available at www.apple.com/server



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