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Question: Xserve End Of Life


I have a Xserve system that is currently hosting Xsan with multiple clients. I am looking to procure new MacPro for the client and discovered the following:

1: Xserve can not run current OS and no longer supported by apple

2: Apple no longer sell rack mounted devices

I wanted to know if apple MacPro is design to run as server. Any advise on potential Xserve replacement idea and concern will be appreciated. Thanks


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Mar 11, 2018 8:17 PM in response to EvilAdmin12345 In response to EvilAdmin12345

There are folks that do run Mac Pro and Mac mini systems as servers, and there are ways to configure and connect both to Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (FC SAN) configurations.

There are third-party rackmount options for both Mac Pro and Mac mini, if that's a requirement.

There are changes planned to macOS with Server.app: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312

Network Attached Storage (NAS) might be an alternative to the Xsan and FC SAN configuration, if your network can be structured to run that at a speed that meets your requirements. Storage can be served from macOS or other systems, or from dedicated NAS boxes such as Synology products or configurations running FreeNAS software.

For higger-end performance with FC SAN or similar I/O configurations past what NAS can offer, you're looking at Promise hardware or similar, and at ATTO or other related products. There are Thunderbolt to FC SAN adapters available.

Mar 11, 2018 8:17 PM

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