Apple is to discontinue its Xserve line of rack-mounted servers from 31 January and begin transitioning the server platform to a specialised version of its Mac Pro tower enclosure.
Xserve has been offered as Apple's primary solution for file and web servers since 2002. The 1U enclosures ran a server version of the OS X platform.
Perhaps the best-known deployment of the Xserve platform was at Virginia Tech University, where researchers chained together 1,100 Xserve G5 systems to create the System X computing cluster.
System X was the seventh most powerful supercomputer on its introduction in 2004, and has long been hailed for its relatively low cost to build in comparison to conventional supercomputer clusters.
Apple now recommends the Mac Pro and OS X Snow Leopard Server for heavy-duty server deployments, and that small businesses and networks under 50 users consider the Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server as a cheaper option.
Customers purchasing Xserve hardware before 31 January will receive a one-year warranty with the option for three years' service and support through the AppleCare programme.
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