Everyone talks about Windows network when it comes to enterprise network but have you thought about creative organisation who prefers and uses Apple Macs. Most of the enterprise class portable device is from Apple and managing requires either expensive hardware or plain simply using Apple's own network management tools.
Apple Mac's operating system is built upon solid Unix backbone which undoubtedly the most secured platform. I don't have to say anything about Unix as it has been the choice of OS for all the organisations who requires tight security. Apple's server platform showcases the same level of security.
Apple Mac Server is an amazingly versatile and scalable solution which can serve a small work-group or can serve a large network. It can act as part of an integrated network of thousands of users as well. Unsurprisingly, the process of getting it up and running can involve vastly different software and hardware configurations. Apple has made it simple and affordable when it comes to choice of server hardware based on the number of users and services being offered. From the little Mac mini to the beefy Mac Pro - it all depends on the plan of deployment.
In the latest version of Mountain Lion Server - it offers several possibilities of installation, depending on your use. Since it's built on Unix - LAN performance is quite robust even with a very simple set-up and with 25 users accessing it. By "simple" I meant - a Mac Mini server, 2 Gigabit non-branded switch (no VLAN) and a VDSL Internet connection - no user had any complain!
In reality Mac servers can run services which any Windows or Linux servers can run and on top of it can manage iPads, iPhones and practically any Apple's "i" products. If you were scared of whether you can use Macs on your enterprise desktop - then don't be. They are very capable to support your every desktop need or more in your work and play space.
H-Squared recently debuted its Mini-rack for mounting up to 18 Mac minis in a standard rack enclosure. The Washington-based company has not yet announced a price for the rack, but will provide further details in February when it opens up for pre-orders.
For virtualisation in a setup like the one shown above, there's really only one choice: Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 the only hypervisor-based virtualisation software compatible with Snow Leopard Server. Parallels, one of Apple's consistently strong software partners, also offers a "bare metal" edition of Parallels Server for Mac for installation directly on bare Apple hardware.
The requirements for the virtualisation platform aren't steep, either; it can be installed on any Intel-based Mac with VT-x support and a 1.5 GHz processor or higher. 4GB of RAM is recommended, but only 2GB is required, and 30 GB of disk space for each virtual machine is needed. Apple's default Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server configuration is more than adequate to run a couple of 64-bit virtual machines. It has a 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM with support for up to 8GB, and two 500GB 7200RPM HDDs are built in.