Psystar introduces Mac-clone servers

By Justin Mann on June 21, 2008, 3:13 PM
For many years Apple has fought tooth-and-nail to prevent people from making “Mac clones”, to the point of lawsuits and other intimidation. They weren't able to do this forever, though, and most recently a company called Psystar has been somewhat successful at making a pseudo-Mac. Now, Psystar has set their sights beyond the desktop and are ready to take on Mac servers.

Their latest endeavor, dubbed the OpenServ series, launched this week with the ability to run OS X Leopard Server at cost significantly below Apple's own servers - upwards of $1200 in savings the company claims. They are offering two models to start with, and also pitch them as being Windows compatible, though clearly that isn't their aim.

The hardware inside their servers on its surface looks decent, coming with Quad-core Xeons if needed, large amounts of RAM and plenty of storage. Whether or not Apple pursues them for more toe-stepping remains to be seen.

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Rick said:
This is just silly.Considering Apple's very *tiny* server marketshare (Barely above 1%), this seems like a useless niche market. Psystar obviously doesn't know what they are doing in respect to money-making priorities.Since OS X Server is *not* an attractive product to the vast majority of the corporate world, why on this blue earth would any admin want to run it on non-Apple hardware? The benefit of saving $1200 seems worthless. I don't think it is worth it to most Mac-using companies to violate Apple's EULA, settle for what is potentially 'cheap' commodity hardware and risk the issues of not having a system blessed by the good Lord, Steve Jobs.. Because who knows if an OS upgrade or Leopard update is going to break this in the future... And just *that* in itself is reason enough not to do it, since you just can't have that kind of uncertainty in most environments.If you need something cheap, get it with Linux or BSD on it...
Nirkon said:
When they have the desktop version working that'll get them some sales.Apple doesn't want anyone to have mac-clones so they can keep overcharging on their hardware, I mean.. why does mac hardware cost a lot more than 'regular pc hardware'.. does it have any magical properties? is it stuttered with diamonds? no, its just how apple profits.
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