The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2013

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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.

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