The Apple Xserve rack-mount server has evolved with the rest of the Apple computer product line. It uses top-of-the-line Intel processors and utilizes the Mac OS X Leopard Server as the operating system. Included software provides the ability to manage and update Macintosh computers, provide Web, file and print services. A limited number of additional business applications are also available. Apple specifically targets this platform for Mac-oriented enterprises and those that are looking for basic workgroup server applications including:
- File and print services.
- Macintosh workgroup management.
- Video streaming.
- Database applications.
- High performance computing.
- Web and mail serving.
The Mac OS X is a based on BSD UNIX OS but has been modified sufficiently to be considered proprietary. For small enterprises that do not have heavy concentrations of Apple Mac desktops, this server represents another proprietary technology to be learned and managed.