A company named Active Storage is teasing the above image for several days. According to 9 to 5 Mac, the company is about to unveil a hardware replacement for the Xserve, which Apple is discontinuing in just a few days.

If that’s accurate, it would mean system admins could run OS X Server — with Apple’s blessing, perhaps. While I don’t think whatever is under that sheet can run OS X Server, it could be setup to run virtual OS X Server boxes. I really don’t know what to expect. All I know is that a Mac Pro (or the Mac mini) is no match for an Xserve, especially in an enterprise environment.

While the idea of Apple recommending a third-party hardware solution may seem strange, it wouldn’t be the first time. Back in February 2008, Apple discontinued the Xserve RAID and now recommends the Promise RAID to its customers.

I guess we’ll all find out soon enough. In the meantime, I’m going to go hug the Xserve hanging in my network closet at the office.

Article Via Mac Rumors

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