Does Apple Still Covet The Enterprise?

thinkingseriousWith the release of iWork ’08, the new iMacs, new hardware RAID options for the Xserve and Mac Pros, updated Airport Extreme base stations, and bumps to the Mac Mini, the billion-dollar question, “Is Apple ready for the enterprise?” is again in play.[…] Thanks to thinkingserious for providing this nice story on Digg.

What other users say about this:

kenkirk: What many people do not realize is that most of the businesses in the U.S. and rest of the world are small to medium sized companies. Is it such a bad thing to NOT go after the Corporate 500 and instead go after the hundreds of thousands that make up the SMB?
The typical SMB needs only a couple servers and a RAID or two for their operation, which usually means they do not have the IT expertise of larger corporations. Why wouldn’t you want a server and RAID system that are easy to implement and administer, especially when you need your time to do more important things?

CiDaemon: Apple has been “ready for the enterprise” for a long time; in fact, Apple workstations are a common occurrence in many professional commercial fields: special effects, movie production, CAD…it’s not that Apple hasn’t had commercial presence, it’s that they’ve never pushed it much, especially to the non-professional sectors. Personally, I don’t think they should try to be IBM or Dell; their products are generally seen as higher-end, specialized workstations and systems rather than run-of-the-mill spreadsheet/e-mail machines. Just look at all of the softwares named int e summary–when’s the last time a legal office or other non-IT-centered enterprise needed RAID, or iWork? The Apple computer has never been a huge presence in casual business because the Apple computer isn’t directed toward it, and I see no incentive for SJ to try it now; Apple makes more on their $2000+ machines then they ever would on sub-$1000 ones (i.e. the ones used in Enterprise) and this maintains their status as high-end, professional devs.

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