Originally Posted by melgross
The whole point to a systems integrator is that they integrate systems. That means mixing and matching. IBM is successful at that because they recommend the best products for the purpose, rather than just recommend their own. It was one of the major reasons why they sold off their PC line, which was doing well. They even recommend Macs!
Unisys will do the same. Now they will be able to purchase Apple equipment at OEM pricing, and integrate it with other software and hardware, writing their own software in order to accomplish interoperability. OS X now works pretty well with other Servers from other companies, including Linux. I'm assuming that Apple now feels it no longer has to offer this line of equipment, because Unisys, and the other three companies Apple uses for this purpose will have them covered.
It's much easier to move into the secretary pool and upper management offices than into the server room, and I imagine that Apple is aware of this after years of trying in their halfhearted way.
My knee-jerk reaction to the decision to discontinue the XServe was: "Oh, No!"
After thinking about it and listening to (reading) others' thoughts -- I am beginning to think this is a good thing, No?
When you step back and think about it, Apple makes/builds
very little of what it sells -- all the hardware in the iPad is manufactured and assembled by someone else (even the Apple-designed A4 processor).
What sets apple apart is their ideas, design, quality, marketing... but mostly, their software.
Software is what Apple builds!
What you describe above is a way for Apple (through a known, established and respected 3rd party) to penetrate the back office while simultaneously marketing to the front office.
It is almost as if:
By getting out of the server hardware business -- Apple is able to get into the server business.
This might be a very good thing!