Buying Tips - Mac Server

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General Buying Tips

The servers listed below are good starting points for discussion and for budgeting purposes. They are built primarily for basic, small office and creative professional office storage. They are not intended for video or audio professionals. If your budget allows, it may be a good idea to spend more. Figures are based on Apple Enterprise pricing. We have a comprehensive worksheet, with specific questions we ask before recommending or purchasing a new server. Contact us for details and to confirm our recommendations are right for you.

 

 

Small Office

Server and storage built for 10-users or less.

 

Mac mini

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server - $1,578.00

Total Storage - 500GB (RAID 1 Mirror)

  • Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac mini (w/or w/o Display), Auto-enroll
  • 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
  • Dual 500GB Serial ATA Drives
  • Keyboard, mouse, display and display adapter not included

 

External Storage Add-on

4TB Drobo (4x 1TB drives) - $799

DroboCare for Drobo - $69 (optional, advanced replacement for 12 months, renewable annually)

  • 2.72TB available for data
  • Expand up to 5.5TB of actual storage with 4x 2TB  hard drives
  • One (1) year warranty

 

 

Small to Medium Office 

Server and storage built for 10-users or more. The Mac Pro provides more storage and costs slightly less than the Xserve. The Xserve is rack mountable (1U), with dual power supplies, hardware monitoring and Lights Out Management.

 

OPTION A - Mac Pro (Desktop, NO Rack)

Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server - $4,203.00 

Total Storage - 2.8TB (RAID 5)

  • One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 8GB (4x2GB)
  • Mac Pro RAID Card
  • 4x 1TB Serial ATA ADM @ 7200-rpm
  • 8x SuperDrive DL (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB GDDR3
  • Apple Mouse and Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro
  • Display and display adapter not included

 

OPTION B - Xserve (Rack Required, 1U)

Xserve with Snow Leopard Server - $5,675.00 

Total Storage - 1.8TB (RAID 5)

  • One 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 12GB (6x2GB)
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Xserve RAID Card
  • 3x 1TB Serial ATA ADM @ 7200-rpm
  • 8x SuperDrive DL (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB GDDR3
  • Dual 750W Power Supply
  • Rack Mounting Kit - Square Hole Rack
  • AppleCare Premium Service and Support for Xserve
  • Keyboard, mouse, display and display adapter not included

 

External Storage Add-on

4TB DroboPro (4x 1TB drives) - $1,849

Rack mount Kit (3U) - $199 (optional, not required if no rack)

DroboCare for DroboPro - $199 (optional, advanced replacement for 12 months, renewable annually)

  • 2.72TB available for data
  • Expand up to 12.48 TB of actual storage with 8x 2TB drives.
  • Two (2) year warranty
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