Apple Waves Goodbye to Xserve After January 31


A moment of silence, please: After nearly eight years, one of Apple’s classic rack-mounted server products will become part of Cupertino history on January 31, 2011 as the Xserve meets its twilight.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple’s Xserve server product will be discontinued on January 31, 2011. According to MacGeneration, the company posted a note to its website along with a PDF file entitled “Xserve Transition Guide.”

“Xserve will no longer be available after January 31, but we’ll continue to fully support it,” the Apple product page for Xserve now reads. “To learn more, view the PDF.” Inside the transition guide, Apple lays out its plans for future support of the product following its sunset.

“Apple will not be developing a future version of Xserve,” the document reads. “Xserve will be available for order through January 31, 2011. Apple will honor and support all Xserve system warranties and extended support programs. Apple intends to offer the current shipping 160GB, 1TB, and 2TB Apple Drive Modules for Xserve through the end of 2011 or while supplies last. Apple will continue to support Xserve customers with service parts for warranty and out-of-warranty service.”

Xserve, Apple’s rack-mounted line of Mac servers, was first introduced in May, 2002 and the company has continued to update the product each year, with the last update coming in April, 2009.

The transition guide also notes that Xserve customers might want to consider migrating to one of two alternate server solutions, which include the Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server or the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server.

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