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Original Xserve Explained

On May 14th, 2002, Apple revolutionized the server industry by unveiling the Xserve known as “Original”, Mid 2002″ or “1st Generation”, a groundbreaking network server computer that combined powerful performance with Apple’s signature ease of use. Despite its short-lived production span from 2002 to 2003, the Xserve left an indelible mark on the technological landscape.

The Original Xserve emerged as Apple’s inaugural foray into the realm of network servers, boasting a sleek 1U rack-mount design and unparalleled ease of setup and management. Tailored to seamlessly integrate with Apple’s UNIX-based Mac OS X Server software, the Xserve quickly became a go-to choice for businesses and educational institutions seeking robust server solutions.

At the heart of the Xserve’s prowess were its dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processors, each equipped with 2 MB of DDR L3 cache. This formidable hardware configuration, coupled with up to 2 GB of DDR SDRAM memory and best-in-class storage options, ensured exceptional performance for a myriad of applications, from file/print services to video streaming and database management.

The 1st Gen Xserve garnered acclaim from industry stalwarts, with Clear Channel Worldwide’s CTO hailing it as the perfect fit for their creative and media production needs. Additionally, Oracle Corp recognized the Xserve as an ideal platform for deploying their Oracle9i Database, highlighting its compatibility with enterprise-class solutions and database clustering technologies.

Setting a new standard for server administration, Xserve introduced innovative tools like Server Admin and Server Monitor, empowering administrators to configure and monitor network services with unparalleled ease and efficiency. These capabilities streamlined remote management, allowing for seamless oversight of server operations.

With a myriad of features ranging from hardware RAID mirroring to high-speed networking interfaces, the Xserve offers a versatile solution tailored to diverse business needs. Optional add-ons such as AGP graphics cards and fiber Gigabit Ethernet adapters further extended its functionality, making it a versatile choice for various environments.

Apple positioned the Xserve 1st Generation competitively, with starting prices of $2,999 for the base configuration and $3,999 for the dual-processor variant. Customers had the flexibility to customize their setups according to specific requirements, ensuring that the Xserve catered to a wide range of budgets and use cases.

Despite its discontinuation in 2003, the Original Xserve’s impact endures, serving as a testament to Apple’s innovation and commitment to excellence. Its legacy lives on in subsequent iterations of Apple’s server offerings, influencing the design and functionality of modern-day server solutions.

As we commemorate 21 years since its introduction, the Xserve remains a seminal chapter in Apple’s storied history. Its blend of performance, simplicity, and versatility set a benchmark for server technology, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. While its production may have been brief, the Xserve’s impact continues to resonate, reminding us of Apple’s enduring legacy of innovation.

Xserve Mid 2002
Source: sixcolors.com – Xserve Mid 2002

Original Xserve Details

IntroducedMay 14, 2002
ReleasedJuly 2002
DiscontinuedFebruary 10, 2003
Model IdentifierRackMac1,1
Model NumberN/A
EMCN/A
Order NumberM8627LL/A (1 GHz)
M8628LL/A (dual 1 GHz)
Original Price$2,999
$3,999
ColorsAluminum
Weight26 – 31 Ibs.
11.793 – 14.061 KG
Dimensions1.73” H x 17.6” W x 28” D
4.39 cm H x 44.7 cm W x 71.12 cm D

Rack Support

  • Fits EIA-310-D-compliant, industry-standard 19-inch-wide racks, including four-post racks (24-inches, 26-inches, and from 29 to 36-inches deep) and two-post telco racks (center-mount brackets included)

Xserve 1st Gen Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorPowerPC 7455 G4
Processor Speed1 GHz
Dual 1 GHz
Architecture32-bit
Number of Cores1 or 2
System Bus133 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
256 KB backside L2
2 MB L3

Storage & Media

Storage60 GB 7,200 rpm
120 GB 7,200 rpm
Media1 – 24x CD-ROM

Memory

Built-in Memory256 MB
512 MB
Maximum Memory2 GB
Memory Slots4 – PC-2100 DDR SDRAM
Interleaving SupportNo

Display

Built-in DisplayNone

Graphics

Graphics CardATI PCI graphics
ATI Radeon 8500 AGP
Graphics Memory32 MB
64 MB
Display Connection1 – VGA or DVI
1 – VGA and 1 – S-Video
Display ModesN/A

Expansion

Expansion Slots2 – PCI
1 – PCI/AGP Combo
Bays4 – Apple Drive Module bays
Hard Drive Interface4 – Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
ADM Compatibility60 GB
120 GB
180 GB
250 GB

Connections

Ethernet2 – 10/100/1000BASE-T
ModemNone
Wi-FiNone
BluetoothNone
Fibre ChannelOptional
USB2 – 12 Mbps
Serial1 – DB9
SCSINone
FireWire3 – 400 Mbps (15W total power)
Audio InNone
Audio OutNone
Display1 – VGA or DVI
1 – VGA and 1 – S-Video

Software

Original OSMac OS X Server 10.1.5 (Unlimited Client)
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.5.8
FirmwareMac OS ROM
Bundled SoftwareNone

Power

Backup Battery3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium (922-4028)
Maximum Continuous Power133 – 183 W
Line Voltage90V – 264V AC

Xserve Introduction Video

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: February 10, 2024