Apple has announced that Xserve, its dedicated server hardware, will no longer be available as of 31 January, 2011. It has also added a new Mac Pro Server to its lineup, and for Australian customers, dropped prices across the Mac Pro line.
In a PDF titled Xserve Transition Guide, Apple says that it will not develop a future version of Xserve. As of 1 February, Apple advises users looking for Apple-powered server solutions to run either a Mac Pro or Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server.
In that document, Apple says that all Xserve warranties and extended support programs will be honoured even after the Xserve is discontinued. (Xserve warranties end three years after date of the server purchase.) Service parts for the Xserve will be available for seven years for California customers, and five years for everyone else.
The company says that the latest Mac Pro – with its 12-core Intel Xeon processing and 512 GB solid-state drive – surpasses the Xserve in processor performance. Apple also suggests that Mac mini server setups are very power efficient, with each mini consuming just 11 watts when idle.
The company also quietly updated the Mac Pro line, with a new Mac Pro Server option. The new 2.8GHz Quad-Core with 8GB RAM and two 1TB hard drives appeared on the Apple Store last night for a surprisingly low $3799 – compared to the base Mac Pro 2.8GHz with 3GB and 1TB hard drive which was priced at $3499.
However, presumably as a result of the current exchange rate, Apple has also dropped the prices of all Mac Pros overnight. That base model now goes for $3199, while the 8-Core goes for $4499 (was $4899) and the 12-Core is $6599 (was $6999). The original prices are still seen on Apple’s Mac Pro page as of writing.