It's been an up-and-down year for the server industry. The market came into the year on a weak note, with vendor shipments falling off significantly, but new chips from Intel, AMD and others brought with them some new refreshed models and shipments began to improve as the second half got under way.
The year saw Dell EMC and HPE roll out the latest generations of their respective venerable PowerEdge and ProLiant servers as the two manufacturers maintained their dominance over the worldwide server market.
However, industry analysts recognised that the growth the server market was seeing by midyear was attributable in large part to hyper-scale data centre operators buying loads of self-build, ODM (original design manufacturer) server components.
In the shadow of that trend, the x86 server market managed a bit of growth while mainframes continued their rapid decline.
Here are the 10 coolest servers of 2017.