I have to provide a comparison for PC vs Apple hardware to use on an isolated network for our web dev environment. The services for Appache using PHP and the mix are managed on a site outside of our environment. The team had previously asked for a PC pased solution, but since we provided them with a complete isolated network, they have requested apple mac systems. They explained that Appache is already available on the Mac 0sx, and this comes as a complete package.
I asked since we are a PC office why not manage on the PC framework using the apache on linux or windows environment. I was told it would not be very cost effective. that using apache on either environment unlike with Apple would mean needing someone to add modules for us as this is not a complete solution as offered by apple. The costs explained to me also indicated that it will be very very high to hire someone.
It really seems more to me like an emotive request rather then a business request. but our capacity to support PC devices rather then limited skills to support mac are also factors to stay within the PC format. We had apache, php, mysql components of the website being managed externally. when I asked for alternative solutions, I was asked to provide oricle server.
We dont want to hinder services required. hence my search for the truth. as I know the truth is out there. can you help?
oh yeah, before we isolated their network as they required certain ports open from our main production site. they until this point have been happy to use PC assets, but when we provided the isolated option. they now say nothing can be done easily and would require PC as linux can not be installed on our Dell systems, and that there is no stable support option. same with Windows. so they tell me.