New Mac Pro To Replace The Now Dead Xserve

Apple wasn’t hesitant about killing off the Xserve without introducing a brand new Mac. Instead eager server buyers were directed to the Mac Pro and Mac Mini which were are both too extreme for a server environment. A rumor indicates that the next generation Mac Pro will fill the void left by the Xserve and feature an all new case.

A rumor posted on 9 to 5 Mac hints a new Xserve like Mac Pro is in the works. Currently being tested as a prototype the case is a little over 5 inches wide and 19 inches long. The front of the case would feature new sleds that packing 2 stacked hard drives making it much easier to swap out drives when mounted in a rack. The sleds will also fit much faster SSDs and the new Mac Pro is more than likely to support Thunderbolt.

The Xserve was discontinued at the end of January early this year. Those interested in adding a Mac to their server environment have the option of a Mac Pro and while its a capable machine, the case is large and does not conform a standard server rack while the Mac Mini is underpowered and lacks much of the amenities that were standard on the Xserve.

Tanner Godarzi
Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.

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  1. The biggest issue is not that the Mac Pro doesn’t fit a standard 19′ rack, but that it doens’t offer redundancy on power supplies, fans etc. It also lacks LOM.