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Apple Doubles Xserve’s Performance in New Version

Apple has updated its Xserve to Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and next generation system architecture to boost its performance to twice that of the earlier system. Optimised with a 1U rack, the new Xserve reportedly delivers an astounding 89 percent better performance per watt.

Featuring up to two 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon processors and industry-leading storage options including a low-power solid state drive (SSD), the Xserve now comes with up to 3TB of internal storage. Each Xeon processor comes with 3GB of 1066HMz DDR3 ECC memory. This expanded capacity gives Xserve up to 2.4 times the memory bandwidth and reduces memory latency up to 40 percent.

The optional 128GB SSD boot-drive consumes a fraction of the power of a hard disk to deliver up to 48 times faster random access. The system also has three 3.5 inch drive bays that support both 7200rpm SATA and 15,000rpm SAS drives. Two PCI Express 2.0 x 16 expansion slots that support the latest high-bandwidth expansion cards have also been provided. An optional RAID card provides support for RAID levels 0, 1 and 5 with 512MB of cache, while the included battery gives 72 hours of power back-up.

“The Xserve is the best workgroup server for our education, business and creative customers,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. “With up to twice the performance, better power efficiency and an innovative SSD drive option, this is the best Xserve we’ve ever made.”

Prices start at $2999 for the standard configuration Xserve, which includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server version of 10.5 Leopard.

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