Apple Event: Rackmounts?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, May 13, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Thinksecret reports that the Apple media event will take place between 9am-12noon PST Tuesday, May 14th:

    "Please join us for the unveiling of our new server," event invitations read.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Curious to see what it looks like and what punches it packs.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2001
    this should be exciting
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Is just showing the new rack servers enough to justify a big todo? Do you think Apple will have a few other things to show? I don't know, if the servers are an serious upgrade from the current specs on the G4 proline, it will be worth it. Too bad I'll be at the dentist during the show, I'll have read it after the fact.
  5. arn
    thread starter macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I think racks alone are enough news... there was a whole event just for the iPod... :)

  6. macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Dentists.... OUCH...... :eek: nothing major I hope......

    I reckon it'll probably just be the servers, and I think they are going to be dramatic change from the existing models to warrant such an event...... although it would be nice to think that there will be more going on.........:D
  7. macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2002
    San Destin Florida
    I have to agree with Arn here. This will open up a huge market for Apple. Not only with they be competing based on power and size, but now with
    OS X this could really give Apple a market that has gone untouched.

    I personally am very excited.
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2002
    Maybe 10.1.5 will also be released tomorrow!
  9. sgw
    macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2002
    Come on, this is Steve Jobs

    "Is just showing the new rack servers enough to justify a big todo?"

    Come on, this is Steve Jobs we're talking about. The man lives for big media todos. Personally, I'm still hoping to see new iBooks as well, even thought the rack mounts are more than enough news.

    Personally, I want to see a version of the Powerbook in the form factor of the IBM Thinkpad 570 (13.3" screen, 1" thick, around 4 pounds with maybe a G4 550...) but I'm not holding my breath ;)
  10. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2002
    Time question

    how long was the ipod introduction? there is no way there is going to be three hours for just this server i mean MWSF was only two hours and we got a slew of things. Tommorrow is big we will see some new things. im still crossing my fingers for a tablet machine.
  11. macrumors 68040


    I hope what we see tomorrow is a preview of things to come at MWNY, maybe 1.5ghz! DROOL!
  12. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2001
    I don't think the actual announcement is three hours, they probably have a conference room open and available after the initial announcement to look at the thing, show the reporters some demoes, a little Q&A, etc...
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2002
    Philadelphia PA
    yeah, the 3 hours made me think twice, but that's the invitation..... you figure there is an initial reception and whatnot. even so i am guess a lot of demo time or Q&A or something. 3 hours seems like it will be more than 1 up on a stage with Steve reading a spec sheet, then him running away without giving specific shipping dates.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2002
    Maybe they will unveil some clustering software to go with servers for use with render farms etc.
  15. macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2002
    I think tomorrow is going to be all server related so don't look for any other non-server related products.

    Also, from what I hear you can expect new iBooks and Powermacs before July.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2001
    Nah. Only server stuff for tomorrow. Remember. Good ol' Stevie likes to brag about all the amazing stuff Apple has been doing, for like an hour or two. It's usually not before the last 15 minutes we get the exciting stuff.... And then maybe an "ah, one more thing".... :)
  17. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    It is likely that there will be some Mac OS X Server stuff premiered also. How about a Mac Interface to Sendmail/ImapD. Then there is the headless Quartz, so you can run the thing without a monitor connected. Maybe tweaks to Remote Desktop so that you can control a nonexistant desktop (probably more a function of server than client.)

    How about the server actually being able to do stuff with the Kerberos tickets it gets from an AD server. They said that jaguar would have some cool new AD stuff, the Server will need it sooner rather than later.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    mmm, so maybe Gigawire is unveiled as well? Maybe it was intended for the servers first or instead of the desktops? Or is it officical that gigawire is firewire2?
  19. macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2001
    It will be at 9 AM Pacific Daylight (not Standard) Time. Also, the iPod intro at Cupertino was also listed at 3 hours so don't be disappointed if only the Rack Mount Server is introduced. The only other thing that could be announced would be speedbumps to the iBook.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    For Beowulf Clusters, one would use Gig Ethernet, connected to switches. To connect a bunch of machines with firewire you would use a "firewire hub" that is a shared medium. That means that all the machines would contend for the Firewire chain.

    An Ethernet switch can allow each machine to send and recieve at full speed, and not be bothered by traffic that is not intended for it (not counting Broadcasts and non-pruned multicast traffic)
  21. macrumors member

    May 2, 2002
    insert title here

    I would think that its pretty obvious that May 14th is gonna be dedicated to servers, and servers alone. Speedbumps in the ibooks would not be appropriate...its is much more likely that they will be released in some random date or at MWNY.

    i can't wait to see the rackmounts, that picture they had a while ago was so cool looking....and i also wonder if they will come with some kind of shelf system to keep several units together, or if you could just pile them up
  22. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Re: insert title here

    you probably could pile them up, or you could use <drum roll> A Rack
  23. macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2002

    I assume not, but anybody know if there'll be a webcast for this tomorrow?

    On that note, I was out of the office for the iPod introduction way back when - was there a webcast for that?

    -- justin
  24. macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I just hope that these are going to be some kick @$$ servers. I just have one question... If they're rack servers, and require no monitor except for configuration, etc., do you think that Apple will also have a special display/keyboard/mouse unit to go with it? Kind of like a pull-out TiBook rack, except made from a cheaper metal, and maybe only with a regular 15" or 14" screen? I'm just wondering. It was brought to my mind, because I know that that's how some rack computers work. Or, you may just be able to put in a shelf and put a display on it. Either way... I just wondered if this new server would have any special accessories, like a seperate RAID array with hot-swappable drives, and the such... Anyways, we'll find out tomorrow.
  25. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2001

    Will TechTV pick up the conference?!?

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