I have some concerns about the direction Apple is going with its products and services. While the ipad and macs are making inroads to corporate networks, and the iPhone continues to shine, Apple seems to be doing the following: 1. Abandoning the enterprise: Apple discontinued the Xserve, scaled down its OSX Server product in Lion, and has discontinued other enterprise offerings. 2. Apple obviously feels the could is the future: in an effort to go to where the puck will be, Apple is going all-out on the cloud. The idea is that hardware, corporate networks, etc. will be replaced by smart devices and software as a service. 3. Abandoning the education market There are a number of problems with this. Microsoft and IBM will respond by making their infrastructures more proprietary and less Apple friendly. Apple can't be naive enough to think that the big enterprise players are going to sit back and let Apple intrude on their space. I manage a large, nationwide network, and many of our applications simply don't run on OSX: many Cisco offerings, such as the IPCC supervisor software, or the SAP apps we use, are Windows only. Microsoft is pushing SharePoint hard, and trying to unseat any software firm that wants to implement web-based, platform independent solutions. Where are Apple's back-end solutions? As a company, it cannot become consumer-only, as its offerings will go from being tools to toys. Do we really want Apple to start looking like Research in Motion (RIM) -a parasite on Microsoft's back end that is now struggling to stay alive? Now is the time for Apple to hit the enterprise: build out a full-scale OSX Server solution and allow for virtualization. Further develop remote access and custom solutions for the iPhone and iPad. They could even go out and purchase Novell! Take the NDS and port it over to OSX, create the most powerful directory architecture in the world. With tens of billions in the bank, and growing profits, Apple shouldn't be looking to become a cellular phone company. It needs to offer end-to-end solutions for both consumers and corporations.