Apple will not be developing a future version of Xserve. Xserve will be available for order through January 31, 2011. Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current shipping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve through the end of 2011 or while supplies last. Apple will continue to support Xserve customers with service parts for warranty and out-of-warranty service.
Personally, I never have seen any Apple Xserve servers in a datacenter, so probably that’s the mean reason that Apple will end its server product line, simple because its not a popular product.
So why, I’m writing about this because it have nothing to do with virtualization, or does it?
Well it depends on what Apple will do in the near future, in my opinion Apple will have three options; option one: they will completly stop with OS X Server, option two: they will sell OS X Server on “desktops” Mac’s and with that, it won’t let it’s customers to have a “datacenter” like server (redundant psu, remote support etc) or option three: Apple will support virtualization of it’s server OS, and that’s why I’m writing about it.
However the chances that Apple will support virtualization, like for example it support OS X Server running on top of VMware ESXi is very small. But in the other side it will allow Apple’s customers, to have all the enhanced features like vMotion, HA etc and still use OS X Server, and have a fully datacenter like solution. And how cool would it be, to have a dozen virtualized OS X Virtual Machines running in you’re virtual datacenter
My two cents