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The 10 Coolest Servers Of 2016 (So Far)

Although vendors didn't introduce many brand new server products in the first half of the year, many longstanding platforms were updated and incorporated into cutting-edge hyper-converged infrastructure systems.

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Servers are the foundation of IT, the workhorses of the data center, and they're also the lynchpin of the burgeoning hyper-convergence market.

So far this year, the folks at VCE, EMC's hyper-converged infrastructure division, have sung the praises of Dell's FX line of servers, Lenovo has pumped up its ThinkServer to tackle software-defined workloads, and HPE has worked its ProLiant line into an appliance that solution providers call a game-changer.

Add to that list Cisco's release of its HyperFlex line of hyper-converged appliances based on its well-known UCS server, and you could say the first half of the year was when legacy server vendors jumped into hyper-convergence in earnest.

Click through to see the 10 coolest servers of 2016 so far.

(For more on the "coolest" of 2016, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")

 
 
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