Apple has announced plans to discontinue the Xserve product line, the company's rack-mounted server. According to Apple, Xserve provides everything you need to serve Mac, Windows and Linux clients, right out of the box.
Xserve will be available for order until January 31, 2011. After that date, customers looking to upgrade, replace, or supplement existing Xserve systems with new Apple hardware have the following two server solutions to choose from...
The Mac maker offers the Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server and Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server as alternatives.
If you want an Apple Server:
The Apple Way
If you want seamless management and control, you can simply add Apple's Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server - a server solution to give you the tools you need to manage your Macs quickly and efficiently. Mac Pro systems deliver performance equal to or surpassing Xserve, and offer an excellent server solution for customers looking for the highest levels of storage and expandability. The Mac Pro is a viable alternative to Xserve (except where the high-density 1U rackmount form factor is needed).
Alternatively, there's Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server. It gives you all the power, storage and backup you need to help your group work more efficiently than ever, and the complete system costs less than some server software. Mac mini can deal with the typical workload of up to 50 users (including file and print, web and wiki, instant messaging, contact and calendar sharing, and VPN), and can run the full suite of Mac OS X Server services. Mac mini brings together powerful hardware and software in a small and efficient package that can fit in an office environment or in a data centre.