Apple Servers Coming to an IT Department Near You
by Bruce Stewart
As Mat Lu points out over on TUAW, that's a strong report demonstrating that Apple is really "moving some iron." Mat also asks an interesting question:
Since the Xserve are now able to run Linux on a par with other machines, it would be interesting to know how many of these machines are running Linux instead of OS X Server.
I'm curious too. How many of you out there are using Xserve boxes, and if you are, do you run Linux or OS X on it?
not to be a cornball, but.... why would anyone want to run Linux over OSX Server??? That's like putting an American V8 under the hood of a Ferrari or something.
OSX is what is moving xServers....not the pretty silver chassis (which, of course, has its own worthy merits, but...)
Sorry...just one man's perspective. :)
|At my day job, we're using a significant amount (greater than 25, less than 100...I'm not sure how sensitive exact numbers are, so I'll stick with that range) of XServe's for a variety of different of different purposes. All of them run MacOS X Server, including the ones that are part of a computing grid. Some of them use very little OS X Server tools (for example, we have Java Application Servers that have no OS X Services turned on except authentication), and some leverage just about all the available Apple server OS technology.|
|I was going to agree with the cornball, but with the XServe Apple have done something truly interesting: delivered the best price for the hardware in question. So why not get the XServe and load up your Linux stuff on it? Better yet -- run your server apps on OS X. What Linux software won't run on Mac OS X as fast as on Linux?|
|last i knew mysql was pretty slow on osx in comparison to linux (especially if you're using the default malloc as opposed to dmalloc).|
We use Xserves and we're bringing in more by the end of the month. I run OS X but install lots of additional software via MacPorts. We're an all Apple shop so Xserve's are the natural choice and OS X is easier to work with as the lone IT guy than any Linux would be, save possibly Red Hat Enterprise. And Apple sounds like they are poised to do some really neat stuff with the addition of ZFS to Leopard and potentially an iSCSI initiator.
Hmmm... why would I buy an Xserve for Linux? I mean, I just spent the money on an unlimited license of OSX Server the moment I bought the XServe.
If Apple sold the XServe with a standard OSX Client for an $800 discount... then we could have more options.
Wouldn't it be great to have 1u rack mount Mac servers for Retrospect, Filemaker, 4D, etc without paying for the Unlimited version of OSX Server?
|Just a couple of days ago I racked up 5 new Xserves. They're all going to be running OSXS and driving Bio Team's iNquiry suite.|