Apple May Discontinue Server-Focused Products Beyond XServe
Following Apple's decision in November to discontinue
its Xserve line at the end of January, upsetting current users of the product, a new rumor is reporting that Apple may be discontinuing other server-focused products in the relatively near future.
Reports from multiple sources are stating that Apple will follow the end of Xserve by scrapping both Final Cut Server and Xsan, and even more interestingly, that Mac OS X Lion Server will be the last of Apple's server operating systems. Hardmac
, who first broke the story, also writes that Apple's management is currently considering whether to "continue to develop and support [the products] in the future." Apple says that they are committed to continuing to support Xserve, hopefully even if these rumors turn out true, Apple will continue to support current customers for as long as they need.
If such rumors are true, it would signal the end of Apple's products for server and enterprise customers. Apple updates these products and its server-focused software much more infrequently than the company's consumer and professional-based products, and scrapping support for these products would indicate that Apple plans on putting even more emphasis on consumer-level products.
Steve Jobs himself said that XServe systems simply weren't selling
. That may be the case for these other products. We'll have to wait and see if Xsan, Final Cut Server, and even Mac OS X Server suffer similar fates.