Last Tuesday, Apple released a Mac Mini that has Mac OS X Server preinstalled. Fitted with two 500 GB drives, 4 GB of RAM, and a 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, it is a nice little device for providing services to a small office, whether it be a Mac or Windows-based business.
Why do I say that it is a good server for Windows networks? Look at the “starter” Dell, pulled at time of post from their website.
$1059 – 1x250GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM, 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo processor and no operating system.
+ $150 to upgrade the hard drive to 500 GB
+ $150 to upgrade the second hard drive to 500GB
+ $399 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
So for $1758, a business can either purchase an “entry level” Linux-based server or a Mac Mini-based server with an extra 2.7 TB external RAID5 array ($799.) If you want to use a Windows-based operating system, you need to add another $1100 to that price.
In summary, the Mac Mini server is not an enterprise-level server, capable of supporting hundreds of users. However, it is most likely a perfect fit for most small businesses and entrepreneurs.