Apple pulls the plug on Boot Camp for OSX Server
Summary: IDG continues with its deceiving server ‘share’ numbers; Apple has second thoughts about parts of its largely-failed attempt to enter the server market
IDG’s NetworkWorld has just come out with its own server figures (IDC is owned by IDG), which only account for revenue and not real market share. It is amusing but not unusual for IDG to publish findings of its own so-called ‘studies’ or ‘surveys’ which do not take into account numbers that truly matter if market share — not revenue share — ought to be measured. But what escaped many people’s attention is Apple’s very quiet withdrawal from Boot Camp for servers. It looks like Apple’s attempts at servers are failing, still.
“When it comes to GNU/Linux, success is not just measured in terms of money.”Apple is absolutely irrelevant when it comes to supercomputers and servers. The company performs exceptionally well in devices though (‘appliances’ like phones, tablets, and portable media players), where it also enjoys very high profit margins.
Novell believes that appliances may be the future and it also continues to promote Fog Computing (servers market), which is a threat when implemented based on Novell's proprietary vision. Novell’s proprietary software has some new vulnerabilities as well [1, 2]. But in any event, the big winner this week seems to be Red Hat, which sells a lot of GNU/Linux and reaches new stock market highs. When it comes to servers’ market share, the winner seems to be gratis CentOS. Another RHEL clone called CloudLinux seems to be running after it. When it comes to GNU/Linux, success is not just measured in terms of money. █
“Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”
–Steve Ballmer (September 2008)