Originally Posted by emacs72
that would be a challenge.
the barriers in the enterprise are IBM, Oracle, Dell and HP. in my twelve (12) years in IT -- six as a software developer and six (and counting) as a consultant, i have yet to see any appreciable footprint of Apple hardware in any corporate data centre in North America, Europe and East Asia. it'll be far more likely for enterprise customers to build a Windows or UNIX server farm than an OS X farm. perhaps things will change in the near future but Apple will need to compete against the services
that IBM, Oracle, Dell and HP offer.
There is much more to running an IT department than just throwing a Mac onto everyone's desk. I would like to see Apple publish its own case study detailing their entire IT infrastructure worldwide. Apple should include answers to "enterprise" questions such as:
How many employee computers and servers does Apple support worldwide?
What is the size of Apple's internal IT staff?
Does Apple use a directory service for things like user authentication? Are all end user computers connected to this directory service? Is it Open Directory, Active Directory, or something else?
Does Apple implement restrictions on user computers, or are people able to do whatever they want on work computers?
Does Apple run mass remote updates on their end user computers? Is it done using Apple Remote Desktop or something else?
Does Apple do inventory management of their end user computers to track users, computer info, software licenses? What software does Apple use for that?
What hardware and operating systems does Apple use for their DHCP servers, DNS servers, VPN servers, web servers, file servers? What hardware and software does Apple use for their own email, contacts, and calendar servers? What type of storage do each of these servers use, and what type of connections? Do they use a SAN, and what software? How are each of these servers backed up, and using what backup software?
What hardware, operating systems, database server, and web server are Apple's iTunes and iCloud servers running on? What type of storage is used? If they use a SAN, which SAN software is it? Do they use Fibre Channel? iSCSI? 10 gigabit ethernet?
What hardware does Apple use for their company routers and network switches?
What does Apple use for its accounting, CRM, ERP, and HR software? What operating systems do they run on?