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If none of the analysts take them seriously the large business buyer wont either and theyll never be more than a small niche player until they step up to what is required in this market. If they are serious about servers they likely should just buy Sun and use them to leapfrog into the segment (it wasnt that long ago that Sun looked at buying Apple and concluded the company, at a fraction of its current value, wasnt worth it bet Sun would like to get a do-over on that deal now).
Apple is making some solid progress but they still dont fundamentally understand the large business and enterprise market, which is kind of funny given they are a large enterprise themselves. But, from Lisa till now, Apple has refused to play the game as it needs to be played and until that changes, product progress alone simply wont close the gap.
They can continue to do well at the low end of the mid-market and with small business though, and maybe, thats where they should remain. Generally it is more profitable and the large enterprise vendors havent done that well with this end of the market so, even if it was intentional, it wouldnt be a bad strategy.
I guess Im saying, if you expecting Apple in the enterprise anytime soon: dont hold your breath. In the mid-market or education (Im getting a lot of folks asking if they should buy their college bound kind a Mac all of a sudden) they are looking vastly better though, and who knows, they may hit the enterprise yet.