Originally Posted by drblank
Actually, my understanding thus far is that the 1U is the largest market. As time goes on the larger companies are going to be switching to Mac and will or may require larger servers. Either that or the Grid environment is working just fine and they don't really need the larger form factor is a guess.
remember, Apple JUST finished the Intel transition and Intel has more on the board. That was Apple's biggest hurdle.
That's wishful thinking.
large companies are not interested in Apple for several reasons. among them are these:
Changing to a new OS. Even if they only use it for servers, it's an unnecessary hassle to have to service another enviornment.
Apple doesn't give a hardware roadmap. Other companies involved in big business, such as Hp, Dell, and IBM, telegraph their intentions for at least the next 12 months, and often the next 18. As we know quite well Apple won't do thateven for their large customers.
Locked in hardware specs. Large, and medium sized businesses, require their vendor to supply machines that are component, and software, exact for the length of a purchasing contract, usually three years. What this means is that the company will purchase say, 10,000 machines, to be delivered over a three year period. All the machines must be exactly the same, down to the resistors on the mobo. Same parts, same manufacturersno substitutions at all. This is for easy, and predictable, service over the life of the machines. The OS, and any related software must also conform.
On-site sales and service. Apple has very little of that.
Business, and software management. Apple has none of those services either.
Lack of software relaring to network control, security, business management, accounting, etc. Again, there is little third party software for those purposes on OS X, and none from Apple.
There are other problems as well, but it is a good start.