The Mac mini is an efficient and cost-effective server platform; it performs very well with both Intel i5 and i7 CPU options. It can hold its own against many other server platforms in its class using a smaller physical footprint and a fraction of the power footprint.
When Apple discontinued manufacture and sale of the Xserve blade servers, they published an Xserve to Mac mini transition guide sharing a positive opinion on utilizing the Mac mini as a server.
With our custom rack infrastructure, remote hands capability, and network infrastructure expertise, the Mac mini is a viable server platform for any small to medium-sized business requiring managed Apple hardware running macOS1 in a data center.
1. macOS may be interchangeable with OS X, the name used for previous versions of Apple's Mac operating system. ↩