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Nov 18 2010   3:55AM GMT

Apple shops cry foul as Steve Jobs Xs out XServer

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Ironic. Even as Apple brings on integrator heavyweights to push its technology into more business accounts, Apple is discontinuing its XServe server. Sales will end January 31, 2011. Support will continue. For awhile.

While XServe was no market share leader, it has a devoted cadre of users in ad agencies, video production shops and education accounts.

The Xserve discontinuation, disclosed on an Apple support forum, provoked some lively discussion.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly told a complaining XServe user by email, that “hardly anyone” bought XServes.

Many Apple watchers think that Apple has given up on attacking business accounts from the server room, instead hoping to ride “edge” devices like its popular iPhones and iPads into corporate boardrooms.

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