Mac Mini Lion Server Meets SMB Needs

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted January 2, 2012

The new Mac mini with Lion Server is targeted at the small office/home office (SOHO) market and small and medium businesses (SMB). As reported on ComputerWorld, the Mac mini doesn't have redundant power supplies and other features found in typical enterprise servers, but Apple upgraded the Mac mini server's processor and increased the overall memory bandwidth.


"The network results aren't a surprise, since all tests are done on the same network. It's easy to see that network bandwidth is more of a limit on a Mac mini server than internal memory/bus bandwidth or the storage devices.

"The BTO Mac mini server's internal transfer speed shows a significant jump in performance--almost double--for just over twice the cost of the standard configuration model. Reboots during updates happened so fast that at first I wasn't sure they'd actually happened. Just for fun, I started pinging the server, and then I rebooted it. At most, I'd drop two packets. SSDs are fast but not cheap, and many folks may not want to pay the $1000 for them, though the performance increase is large enough to make the overall value pretty darned good.

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