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About Apple

Apple, Inc. designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad, which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Why Choose Apple?

Compliant, Rock-Solid Security

The Mac comes with effective security capabilities built-in, making it easier for your organization to readily comply with government standards and ideal for deployments in which security is not optimal. Built on a proven, fully credited UNIX foundation, Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server provide layers of protection so your organization can rely on in-depth security at all levels of operation. To help ensure security out of the box, Apple products ship in a conservative configuration, with all services off, ports closed, and root account disabled.

Together with proven third-party security solutions, the Mac complies with applicable National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other computer security requirements. With the Mac, government organizations can confidently establish policies using published security requirements. With the Mac, government organizations can confidently establish policies using published security guides vetted in collaboration with the National Security Agency. Apple offers an array of highly secure solutions, including diskless computing via Apple’s NetBoot, to meet you organization’s specific requirements.

Built-in Data-at-Rest Encryption

FileVault and the underlying encrypted container technology built into Mac OS X provide strong AES encryption, so Mac computers protect your data-at-rest without requiring third-party software or encrypted storage devices. To promote full protection, FileVault and encrypted containers encrypt metadata and provide access to encrypted data from across the network independent of storage devices, including thumb drives. Third party encryption solutions are also available.

Smooth Integration into Heterogeneous Environments

Mac OS X provides robust tools for centralized management of users, groups, and computers. This allows your organization’s IT staff to centrally support client systems throughout the organization and provide proactive upgrade, patch, and security services while keeping costs low. Proven third-party client management solutions for the Mac are also available. There is no need to establish a separate support organization – your existing team can easily support the Mac on the current heterogeneous network with current business processes.

Low Support Costs

Some of the greatest cost savings realized with Mac computers are directly related to lower support costs. In fact, agencies with large Mac deployments typically experience fewer help desk calls, reduced virus and bug downtime, and less need for resource – intensive patch management.

Apple Product Line

Mac Computers: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro

Servers: OS X Lion Server

Mac OS X: Software that is fully integrated into the system and works with the processor on the Mac to deliver the best possible performance.

Wi-Fi Base Stations: Airport Express, Airport Extreme, and Time Capsule

Software: iLife, iWork, Aperture, QuickTime, Final Cut Pro X, Logic Studio, Logic Express, Remote Desktop

iCloud: Stores music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. Wirelessly pushes them to all your devices – automatically. It’s the easiest way to manage your content.

iPhone 4: The most powerful, flexible and intuitive phone ever. With new features like multitasking, FaceTime video calling, improved mail, and enhanced security; iPhone makes even more sense for your business.

iPad: Features incredible applications like Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Safari in a beautiful, thin and light design, so you can stay productive anywhere. With easy, secure integration into business environments and a robust platform for app development, iPad is ready to start working when you are.

Apple Success Stories

The Biotech Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory needed a better system to display high-resolution microscopy in a collaborative setting that meshed easily with their existing digital workflow and was easy to administer and run by scientists in the group.

Apple Solution:
NREL created a video wall using Apple Cinema Displays and Mac Pros, which gave them the detailed visualization requirements they needed, and allowed for simplified administration using Mac-based automation tools. The wall also gave the lab a high-impact way of presenting updates and overviews to the many groups visiting NREL, including scientists, government officials, and the general public.

“For us, the bottom line has to do with the fidelity and accuracy of the images themselves. When we’re talking about resolution, clarity, contrast and fidelity, these are some of the best displays on the market, and that’s important.”
- Byron Donohoe, a NREL research scientist who works on biofuel technologies, primarily for use in transporation
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