Apple sneaks Mac Pro Server onto online store

Apple has added a new server configuration of its top-end Mac Pro workstation.

Just hours after quietly announcing that the Xserve rack-mounted server had to all intents and purposes bitten the dust, the Cupertino gadget maker has offered an alternative in the form of the Mac Pro Server, which it says it more capable than the long-in-the-tooth Xserve in every way.

The base configuration features a single Intel 2.6GHz quad core Xeon 'Nehalem' processor, 8GB of RAM, and ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB GDDR5 and comes with an 'unlimited' licence for the company's OS X Server operating system.

Deep-trousered buyers can turn everything up to 11 and end up with two 2.93GHz 6-core CPUs, 32GB of RAM, two terabytes of SSD storage spread over four bays, and extra DVD drive and a Quad-channel, 4Gb PCI express network card and still get change from 15 grand.