updated 11:35 pm EST, Mon January 12, 2004
Apple server strategy
Columnist Mark Hall comments on Apple's recent endeavor into the with the Xserve and RAID products. "What's stunning is that Apple's marketers will price the Xserve system at $3,999," says Hall, Apple is the "the price leader for dual-CPU servers." Hall points out that in addition to savings on hardware, Apple does not charge per-client fees for Mac OS X, in contrast to Microsoft's 25-user enterprise license for Windows adds $2,500 to the price of a Dell PowerEdge 1750. Jon Moog at St. Cloud-based RiskWise, which runs credit checks for large financial institutions, says "Dollar for dollar, the systems are cheaper than Windows machines."