Once again, we're seeing a lot of Web chatter regarding Apple and the enterprise. The company is getting a lot of good press over the flexibility of its Xserve platform, which sports up to three SATA or SAS hard drive bays, not to mention support for Windows, Linux and UNIX configurations.
While the company top brass is clearly focused on music and wireless communications for consumers, it does appear that they want to keep their collective foot in the door when it comes to professional enterprise users. Vista migration is bound to cause some to think of switching over to a Mac OS (along with Linux and UNIX), so it will be interesting to see how the company fares in the coming year.
IBM, for one, thinks highly enough of Apple to release a Mac version of Lotus Notes. It comes chock full of Web 2.0 features, such as embedded collaboration tools, RSS functions and personalized blog templates.
Meanwhile, Apple itself is looking to patent a new GUI aimed at tying Web-based objects more closely to back-end productivity systems. It's hard to tell at this point exacly what the company has planned, but it seems likely to boost collaboration, and possibly e-commerce, operations.
All in all, it seems like a fairly good play for Apple. Maintaining a presence in the enterprise space boosts the company's cred in the professional networking ranks. And who knows? If the prognosticators are correct about virtualization and hosted services, local networking technology could be all but irrelevant in a few years anyway.