March 24, 2004

Apple Xserve G5 challenges Linux clusters

The $2,999 Xserve PowerPC G5 server "is not for IT people, it's for users themselves to set up," Apple Computer Inc.'s Douglas Brooks says.

Brooks, Apple's server hardware product manager, said today at FOSE 2004 in Washington that the dual-processor version is hardware-streamlined for
tight coupling in an Apple Workgroup Cluster, in contrast with the more loosely coupled Linux PC clusters nicknamed Beowulf.

The Xserve G5, which became available today in three rackmount configurations starting at $2,999 and $3,999, comes with one or two IBM-built 2-GHz G5
processors, up to 1G of error-correcting-code RAM, up to 750G of storage, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports.



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