Psystar, Makers of the Open Computer, Expand into Server Market

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Psystar releases the new OpenGamer and the OpenServ, finally creating an affordable alternative to the overpriced Apple XServe.

We want to offer a relevant product for every user, regardless of their needs.

Psystar - The leading provider of Mac-compatible computers, has announced the release of two highly anticipated products: the OpenGamer and the OpenServ. It seems that Psystar is taking over the computing industry in alphabetical order, starting with Apple and Alienware. "We want to serve the entire market, not just the mainstream or niches, but everyone," said Christian Infante, Director of Sales and Marketing. "We want to offer a relevant product for every user, regardless of their needs." The OpenServ is capable of running practically any server software, ranging from Linux, Windows, to Leopard Server. Also, unlike the Apple Xserve, Pystar's OpenServ is available with the option to choose Leopard Desktop for special use applications and tasks such as rendering. Mac OS X Leopard Server, which until now was only offered on Apple hardware, is finally available on an affordable, open platform.

The OpenServ comes with a variety of choices, stemming from a single Xeon 2.5Ghz quad-core E5420 processor, all the way to massive Dual Xeon 2.66Ghz quad-core E5430 processors. It is available with anywhere between 4GB and 16GB of fully buffered DDR2 RAM, plus the OpenServ offers up to 6 drive bays on tool-less rails, in a rackmount form factor. The OpenServ is available in two varieties: the 1u version (referred to as the 1100) and the 2u version (2400).

The bare bones quad-core Apple Xserve costs up to a hefty $2,949, while a similarly configured Pystar OpenServ (capable of just as much power as the Xserve) is available in a comparable stripped down form for just $1,599.

The Open Gamer is comparable to the most capable gaming units in the market. Even the most popular gaming computer, the Alienware Area 51 ALX, configured with Dual SLI 9800GX2 video cards, 1TB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM, totals out to $5,749, hardly "affordable." On the other hand, an Open Gamer configured with identical specifications comes to only $2,899, providing an equally powerful gaming desktop, at virtually half the cost.

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