Two months ago Apple announced that it would be is discontinuing its Xserve server line on January 31. It is still producing server software such as its Xsan storage solution. With just one day now before the Xserves stop shipping, there’s an interesting advert on the site of storage company Active Storage.
That looks like a pretty explicit promotion of a replacement to the Xserve. That’s nothing remarkable: Apple are already recommending other third-party hardware alternatives. Of course, these servers don’t run Mac OS. We haven’t seen Apple operating systems running on non-Apple hardware – with Apple’s approval – since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1996.
The interesting thing with Active Storage is that they’re run by former Apple server guy Alex Grossman. Could we be seeing server hardware from a non-Apple company that will run – with Apple’s approval – the Mac OS X Server operating system?