Apple's latest hardware refresh included an update to the Mac Mini, a piece of hardware some thought Apple had forgotten about.
The new addition is a server option, which includes a pair of hard drives and Snow Leopard Server pre-installed, to allow consumers, enthusiasts and small businesses to switch to Apple and host an email server.
The new Mini Server features a 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 Gbytes of memory. There is no built-in superdrive, but you do have the option of buying an Apple external superdrive.
The special Mac Mini Server configuration ships with a pair of 500-Gbyte hard drives, which can be mirrored for data security and Snow Leopard Server OSX 10.6 Unlimited clients pre-installed. This is an excellent entry level Server solution for small businesses looking to switch to Apple. Kerio Mailserver is an excellent Exchange comparable Email Server for the Mac. This solution will compete against a Windows based Small Business Server with the advantage of coming with unlimited Mac or PC clients out of the box. Windows Server 2008 comes with 5 client licenses and additional license packs cost extra.
When idle, it consumes only 14 watts.