It’s a Tuesday, and that means that if Apple is updating anything this week, it’ll happen today. And it has happened today. Apple announced early this morning that they’ve upgraded their Xserve-brand server hardware. The update includes new Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processors, which, when paired with a completely redesigned system architecture, are supposed to provide up to twice the performance of the previous Xserve generation. The upgrade was leaked earlier via Apple’s own Hong Kong store web site.
There are two base models of Xserve available. The lower-priced server at $2,999 comes with a single 2.26 GHz Quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, one 160GB 7200-rpm SATA drive, and Mac OS X Server 10.5 Unlimited Client edition. The second model, priced at $3,599, gives you eight cores of processor power with two 2.26 GHz Quad-core “Nehalem” chips. Upgrade options include 2.66 and 2.93 GHz versions of the processor, up to 24 GB of RAM, and up to 3 hard drives with a max capacity of 1 terabyte. You can also optionally add-on a 128 GB SSD that won’t occupy any of your drive bays and will be configured as the Xserve’s boot disk, which is quite the handy (though somewhat expensive) option.
Apple is also hoping to improve their green image with the latest Xserve, which it claims is 89 percent more energy efficient measured by performance per watt compared to the model it replaces. They also tout the PVC-free construction of the Xserve body. And thanks to a new feature that puts processor cores into low-power mode when not in use, the Xserve also boasts a 19 percent reduction in power consumption when idle.