The server business may be changing and perhaps shrinking, but that seems to be more of an encouragement than a discouragement to vendors to enter the market. 2013 saw a number of entrants spring up from nowhere and enter the server market, including:
-- Lopoco, or Low Power Computer, Mountain View, Calif., which in July entered the market with a small line of traditional-looking servers characterized by low power consumption.
-- Servergy, a McKinney, Texas-based developer of energy-efficient servers based on Linux and the Power architecture from Freescale Semiconductor.
-- Best known for its hard drives and SSDs, Western Digital, though not a startup by any means, in October introduced the WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 servers with built-in network storage capabilities. The DS5100 and DS6100 feature Intel Xeon processors and the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials operating system.