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Old Feb 1, 2013, 04:48 AM   #1
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Which Companies Use Mac Servers?

I heard that Facebook primarily uses Mac servers. Is this the case?
What other large tech companies use primarily Mac servers?
Are there certain industries that use more Mac servers (such as entertainment)?

I am not just referring to website servers but internal servers as well.
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I heard that Facebook primarily uses Mac servers. Is this the case?
What other large tech companies use primarily Mac servers?
Are there certain industries that use more Mac servers (such as entertainment)?

I am not just referring to website servers but internal servers as well.
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 05:26 AM   #3
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No large website in the world uses Mac servers. The current hardware is simply not made to be used in large systems. Besides, Mac OS does not bring anything special to the server world, it is in that usage only one more Unix / Linux type system.

You might find Mac servers in smaller companies as main server. Or as specialist function in a larger corporation -- example might be to simplify program distribution to a group of Mac machines.

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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:09 PM   #4
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my company uses OSX servers - not for hosting any sites but for managing our network of... macs!

that's about the only thing OSX server is good for, and even then it's not fantastic
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:24 PM   #5
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My company uses a Mac mini server for .local hosting of in house applications.

We use ubuntu for hosting to the world.

PS We dropped our Solaris servers last year. I'm still pretty sad about that.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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My company uses a Mac mini server for .local hosting of in house applications.

We use ubuntu for hosting to the world.

PS We dropped our Solaris servers last year. I'm still pretty sad about that.
I loved Solaris and Sun. But the world has moved on. UNIX/Linux is still my choice though. Can't stand Windows.

Back on topic, I don't think companies use Macs for servers. Workstations? Sure. General computers? Sure. But not servers. That belongs to *NIX.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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No large website in the world uses Mac servers. The current hardware is simply not made to be used in large systems. Besides, Mac OS does not bring anything special to the server world, it is in that usage only one more Unix / Linux type system.

You might find Mac servers in smaller companies as main server. Or as specialist function in a larger corporation -- example might be to simplify program distribution to a group of Mac machines.

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Sadly this is true. Mac hardware is more expensive than PC hardware, and OS X is much less powerful as a server than Linux.

They were using thousands of Macs to make super computers a long ways back
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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I heard that Facebook primarily uses Mac servers. Is this the case?
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I am not just referring to website servers but internal servers as well.
More likely internal than external servers. Tech companies that have grown up over the last 10-12 years tend to have most of the employees on Macs (e.g, Google , Facebook, etc. ). If running a 80-90%+ Mac shop then having Windows servers doesn't really make sense. Email, calendaring, etc. is typically done on solutions that would run on Linux/Unix/OS X. Standard internet services DNS, etc. can be done without Windows/Exchange/Active Directory.

A mix of Linux and OS X servers would work. For very small companies one OS X server would work. As company grows, a mix of departmental (OS X) and core services (Linux) would work.

Very large scale data centers for huge web traffic like Facebook, Google , Microsoft don't run anybody's servers. Typically custom modules these days for new ones. At best a custom Dell , HP modules in a few cases. There will be small fraction of off-shelf-servers in secondary roles but vendors don't really play there.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:07 PM   #9
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In my (small) business an Xserve has been running since Sep 2007 flawlessly. Yes, as apple discontinued Xserve we have a new backup strategy and an external Mac professional looks remotely after the system.

The reason why not more Xserves were sold to corporates may simply be that once IT guys get trained on windows they stick with it. I was previously in a 1500 people biz and the IT guys fought Mac with their teeth and claws.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:04 AM   #10
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no, it's because it costs several times more than a windows or *nix equivalent

if all corporate IT was trained on windows, then you wouldn't see linux used for servers
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 04:36 AM   #11
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Until a few months ago I worked for a satellite broadcaster that runs exclusively on XServes (well apart from the edit suites of course which are all MacPro's running FCP). Main server storage is an XSan, all chosen mainly for its reliability and in two years we rarely had any major issues with it.

Even the live main and backup transmission servers are all XServes running OSX Server live out to the world.

Works pretty well for us
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Old Jun 9, 2013, 09:30 PM   #12
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I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Cloud solutions can be fully private which would easily work for HIPAA compliance.
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 09:45 PM   #13
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The New Mac Pro would make an AWESOME server!!!! 12 Cores of processing power!!!!
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Old Jun 11, 2013, 02:34 AM   #14
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The big sever world is turning to Blade severs, check it out.

The big sever world is turning to Blade severs, check it out.

Seems to be a market Apple choose to not continue, wisely I might add.
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I work for a church on the side that runs a Mac mini server. Serves as a FileShare, VPN, and several others services. They are currently 90% Apple. Still slowly replacing the PCs with Apple systems.
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