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Mac Mini Server

The last week or two has seen a number of news-worthy offerings from Apple, the headlines have been the introduction of the new iMac and MacBook, the new Magic mouse, the record revenues and the new “I’m a Mac” ads. What has rather slipped under the radar is the new Mac Mini Server.


This looks very interesting from a home or small business point of view. The new server version of the Mac mini has two 500GB, 5400 RPM SATA hard drives a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of fast 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB) all for $900 (£799.00). The amazing thing is that this comes with a copy of
Snow Leopard Server software retail price $499.00 (£399.00) that can serve unlimited clients. So for a small office needing to share calendars, set up meetings, allow mobile access, mail services together with web/wiki hosting, Xgrid distributed processing, QuickTime Streaming Server for broadcasting media streams, and NetBoot/NetInstall for supporting diskless workstations and remote imaging client machines and the podcast producer this looks ideal. Indeed it also looks like a very attractive proposition for home use, with the digital household becoming more important a central server with easy set-up is essential. Appleinsider has done a comparison with other mini server offering and the Mac mini Server offers great value.
If this had HDMI output this would be a great alternative to the AppleTV which is now looking rather underspeced.
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