The Coolest Servers This Year
The server market entered 2017 in a rough patch with vendor revenue falling nearly 5 percent year over year in the first quarter, according to research firm IDC. But it could be a different story by the time the year closes thanks to some very cool new hardware introduced in the past few months by industry stalwarts like Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as upstarts like Huawei.
It's apparent that server vendors are counting on the burgeoning markets for hyper-converged infrastructure, Internet of Things and data analytics to pave the way into the server market's future, and major manufacturers have also seized on the latest processors introduced by Intel, AMD and others to push them there.
So far this year, we've seen Dell and HPE roll out the latest version of their venerable PowerEdge and ProLiant server lines, respectively, and we've seen Lenovo completely rebrand its hardware portfolio, the first major update to its line since acquiring IBM's x86 business in late 2014. This year has also seen the rapid rise of Huawei, which overtook Lenovo to claim the No. 3 spot in worldwide server shipments in the first quarter, according to research firm Gartner.
Click through to see the 10 coolest servers of 2017 so far.
(For more on the "coolest" of 2017, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")