Apple has unveiled a Developer Preview of Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, the next major release of its server operating system. Snow Leopard Server is a full 64-bit UNIX server operating system based on open standards that Apple says is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.

It includes new features such as Podcast Producer 2, for automating the creation and publishing of podcasts, and Mobile Access Server with secure access to firewall-protected network services for iPhone and Mac. 

The company says it’s a full 64-bit operating system designed to take advantage of multi-core processors and address massive amounts of memory, while remaining fully compatible with 32-bit applications. 

Podcast Producer 2 includes the new Podcast Composer application, which automates the entire production process, making it easy to create podcasts with a customized, consistent look and feel, says the company. With just a few clicks, Podcast Composer creates a workflow to add titles, transitions and effects, save to a desired format and share to wikis, blogs, iTunes, iTunes U, Final Cut Server or the new Podcast Library.

Among its other features, the new Mobile Access Server is said to be an easy way for iPhone and Mac users to access secured network services, including corporate websites, online business applications, email, calendars, and contacts.

It says, without requiring additional software, Mobile Access Server provides strong encryption and authentication between the user’s iPhone or Mac and a private network.

The new release, Mac OS X Server version 10.6 Snow Leopard, will be available in September 2009 through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and Apple authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of $499, and includes unlimited licenses for Mac, Windows, and Linux clients.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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