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Apple has announced that it is delivering Intel's quad-core Xeon 5500 "Nehalem EP" processors in its Xserve server lineup starting today. Apple jumped the gun on the Xeon 5500 launch by a few weeks, saying in early March it would add Nehalem EPs to the two-socket Mac Pro high-end PCs. That Apple is making a two-socket Xserve …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Halo

    Distributed Computing

    I suppose with the XServe - if you need more oomph for things such as DNA modeling or rendering, you can bust out an Xgrid cluster?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    16TB

    According to http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard, SnowLeopard will support 16TB of RAM.

  3. Daniel Palmer
    Flame

    Why?

    Would anyone buy overpriced generic X86 hardware from Apple when they could get the same specs from a real vendor at better prices? I really doubt there is any application that would force you to run a rack of apple boxes.

  4. Pavlovs well trained dog

    @Daniel

    because they be sooo beautiful

  5. Scott Mckenzie

    Because maybe they understand it better?

    Just a thought... clearly demonstrating a lack of knowledge and direct experience with the Server/OS... just see the base footprint and memory usage of an install of Snow Leopard vs Server 2008.

    Ease of install, configuration, stability etc.. it's not all rumours you know.

    Or are you scared that maybe your job would become no longer necessary so have to continually slate the Apple products for fear of someone finding out about them?

  6. richard
    Dead Vulture

    ooh, a review of a server...

    jesus christ, have you lot seen any paint drying lately?

  7. Michael

    @Scott

    I second that, we run an all apple infrastructure and it takes a lot less man-hours than any of my friends running similar sized windows shops.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    Slower than the PPC?

    Does anyone buy these things since they switched from Power CPU?

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