updated 03:20 pm EST, Mon December 13, 2010
Company scales back in advance of Xserve's end
Apple has removed SSDs as an option for Xserve orders, the company's online business store shows. When choosing a custom configuration, institutional buyers can now only pick from conventional hard drives in capacities up to 2TB. Business representatives from the company are, unusually, said to have no explanation.
The change is likely just a step towards the eventual phase-out of the Xserve. The hardware will no longer be available as of January 31st, effectively ending any direct Apple catering to enterprise customers even as Macs, iPhones and iPads gain corporate adoption. A number of companies are expected to hold on to the Xserve platform until normal replacement cycles are finished. As an alternative, Apple is encouraging groups to adopt server-configured versions of the Mac mini and Mac Pro.