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Apple Xserve server gets a makeover

Apple eupdated Xserve Server

Apple announces the introduction of an updated version of its popular Xserve server. Now equipped with next generation architecture, the revamped server offers nearly two times enhanced performance as against the earlier system.

Based on the Intel Nehalem Xeon processors, the updated Xserve delivers up to 89% improved per watt performance. The 1U rack-optimized server comes with up to 2.93GHz Intel Xeon processors. Bundled with best-of-the-breed storage options, the server comprises of a low-power SSD along with support for up to 3TB internal storage.

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Each processor in the server is available with a built-in memory controller that has 3 channels of 1066MHz DDR3 ECC memory. Offering up to 2.4 times the memory bandwidth, the controller also cuts memory latency by up to 40%. It also utilizes smart thermal management with high-efficiency power supplies. These distinct features allow the system to offer nearly 19% lowered idle power usage.

With a 128GB SSD boot-drive option, Xserve takes up just a fraction of the hard disk power while delivering up to 48 times faster random access bay. The server sports 2 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 expansion slots. This supplies a huge I/O bandwidth compatible to most modern high-bandwidth expansion cards. The server also boasts of three 3.5-inch drive bays that are enabled for both 7200 rpm SATA and 15,000 rpm SATA drives.

“The Xserve is the best workgroup server for our education, business and creative customers,” remarked David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. “With up to twice the performance, better power efficiency and an innovative SSD drive option, this is the best Xserve we’ve ever made.”

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The Xserve additionally comes with a RAID card option which supports RAID levels 0, 1 and 5 along with 512MB cache. Users can look forward to improved data protection thanks to the server’s 72-hour backup battery. Available with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, other features of the system include dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board, Bonjour-enabled Lights-Out management processor, Server Monitor software, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports and internal graphics with Mini Display port.

Users can also avail of build-to order options and accessories with the server. These include dual 2.26 GHz, 2.66 GHz or 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon processors, 160GB and 1TB 7200 rpm SATA Apple Drive Modules. Users can also select from 450GB 15,000 rpm SAS drives which are a third party option, internal Xserve RAID card; Gigabit Ethernet, 4GB Fibre Channel cards and a 750W redundant power supply.

The Xserve is available now through the Apple store with standard configurations at a suggested retail price of $2,999.

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