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The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2017

The data center market continued to evolve in 2017 as traditional vendors had to compete with hot startups looking to steal market share. Here are the 10 biggest data center stories of the year.

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Bought And Sold

The data center market was in a state of continuous change in 2017. Under pressure from customers' quickening move to the cloud, as well as component shortages, data center vendors had to scrape for market share while also pushing forward with growth initiatives in next-generation technologies.

Major server manufacturers introduced new generations of their bread-and-butter hardware lines based on new processors from Intel and AMD, as well as hot new GPUs from Nvidia. Still, sales of branded servers were undermined by the hyper-scale market's thirst for inexpensive, build-it-yourself gear from ODM suppliers. The same was true for the storage market.

Hyper-converged infrastructure continued to provide strong growth for data center vendors, and market leader Dell EMC smashed the accelerator on that business with the marriage of its PowerEdge servers and VxRail hyper-convergence solution.

Speaking of marriage, HPE made two high-profile acquisitions with huge implications for the data center market early this year, bringing flash storage powerhouse Nimble and hyper-converged infrastructure darling SimpliVity into its family of businesses for a combined $1.6 billion.

Here are the 10 biggest data center stories of 2017.

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