You've got your Windows PC's humming right along, and everyone using them sending emails, sorting spreadsheets, and taking care of business. But, your marketing and creative people are off in the corner, cursing clunky old Windows XP, making threats toward Microsoft Publisher; and instead, working with company files on their personal MacBooks.
What's a small business owner to do? Give Vectro a call, and talk to our Apple-certified staff about introducing OS X Server into your environment.
Adding an Apple server into your environment is quick, painless, and won't disrupt the other Windows users. It will stand on its own in a Mac-centric office, or quietly integrate with your existing installations of Windows Server 2008 or 2012, Exchange Server 2007 or 2010, and SharePoint.
Everyone on your network can immediately take advantage of the features that you'd expect to find in any server, such as file sharing, printer sharing, and remote access.
In addition, there's a lot more than you'd expect to find in such a small package: a full-featured e-mail and instant messaging server with contact and calendar sharing; a centralized backup server for your Macs; over-the-air configuration for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and even iPod touches; the ability to update or even re-install OS X on any of your workstations; and even the controller software for an enterprise-grade Fibre Channel SAN.
Exchange integration requires Exchange Server 2007 or newer, and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
Xsan 3 requires additional hardware and (preferably) Macs with Thunderbolt.
Big features, small server.
One Mac running OS X Server is capable of handling everything that a full-blown farm of Windows servers can do, and more:
- Calendar Server (CalDAV)
- Contacts Server (CardDAV)
- Database server (PostgreSQL)
- DHCP server
- File sharing via AFP, SMB/CIFS, and NFS
- FTP Server
- Mail Server
- Messages Server
- NetBoot, NetInstall, and NetRestore
- Open Directory
- Profile Manager, with APNS support
- Printer sharing
- RADIUS Server
- Remote Disc (if equipped)
- Software Update Server
- SSH server and SOCKS proxy server
- Time Machine backup server
- VPN and SSL-VPN remote access
- Web Server with PHP, Python, and Ruby
- Wiki Server
- Xsan 3 (StorNext-compatible)