Apple has lifted the lid off its latest server, the Xserve quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS X Server Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0GHz.
The server packs PCI Express, independent 1.33GHz front side buses with 4Mb of shared L2 cache, and fully-buffered DIMMs. The offering is configurable with two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running either 2.0, 2.66 or 3.0GHz, supporting up to 32Gb of 667MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory with twice the capacity and three times the bandwidth of the Xserve G5. Two eight-lane PCI Express expansion slots provide up to 2Gb/s of throughput each to support the next generation of fibre channel, networking and graphics cards.
Apple has included quick deployment rails for rack mounting, a new lights out management system that lets administrators control the hardware from a remote location, and Apple's Server Monitor software and Remote Desktop agent.
The new Xserve ships with internal graphics that can drive up to a 23-inch cinema display as well as industry standard VGA devices. It also offers an ATI Radeon X1300 256Mb PCI Express graphics card for professional graphics and video applications as a build-to-order option.
The Intel-based Xserve will be the first system to ship with a preinstalled unlimited client edition of Tiger Server software that is optimised to run on Intel-based systems.
The Xserve is scheduled to be available in October, with the Xserve base configuration including two 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors with 1Gb of 667 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM RAM, a single 80Gb 3Gb/s SATA Apple Drive Module, dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board, internal graphics, three FireWire 800 and two USB 2.0 ports, and an unlimited client licence of Mac OS X Server version 10.4 Tiger for a suggested retail price of $2,999.
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