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Mac Mini Server

With all the iPhone excitement the release of the updated Mac mini server has perhaps not got the publicity it deserves.


If you have small business or need a server for your research group then this is well worth looking at. There was a recent review in PCMag and I quote this cost effectiveness section below which I think is particularly relevant.
Apple gets a lot of criticism for its prices, but that doesn't apply here. For a starting price of $999, you get the Mac mini and unlimited client licenses; Windows SBS costs $1,089 (for Standard edition), and doesn't include client licenses (connecting five additional devices or users to the server requires that you cough up an additional $385). The unlimited client licenses bundled with the Mac mini server are a great value for small businesses. If you are not going the OEM/reseller route, and choose to install SBS on a bare bones server, then you have to factor in hardware costs. A typical SMB server like the Asus Server TS500-E6/P4 ($699.00) which is sold bare bones, runs $713 bucks—an additional cost. That's nearly $2,200 to get set up for five licenses, versus the Mac mini's $1K, for unlimited licenses.”

If you want an easy to set up server then this a good choice, as well as FireWire 800, Ethernet and USB 2.0, it also comes with an HMDI interface so it could be used as a home server that can also be used as a media center linked to your TV.

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