Spiceworks has conducted a survey of more than 500 IT decision makers in businesses across North America and Europe to determine the current server trends, purchasing plans, and components that will go into them. 85% of respondents said they were looking to purchase new servers in the next 3 years. Company growth was listed as the main driver of the need to purchase a new server, but performance degradation and the maintenance cost of aging hardware were close behind. Servers from Dell Technologies and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise dominated the survey, but the size of the business determined which company was more popular. IBM led everyone in reliability; which was also the most important factor to IT professionals when choosing a server manufacturer. AMD gained ground on Intel as 93% of respondents say they use Intel, 16% say they use AMD, and 4% say they use ARM. Some companies use a combination of manufacturers, so they would have responded twice. The size of the business matters in the adoption rate of AMD servers as 27% of enterprises use AMD, compared to 17% of mid-size companies and 11% of small businesses. AMD and Intel ranked closely in reliability and AMD topped Intel in the second most important attribute; value for money. 77% of IT professionals associate AMD with "value for the money" while only 43% chose Intel for this metric. Spiceworks believes that more businesses are willing to give AMD a try in the future as the company rolls out its AMD EPYC 7nm processor technology. But are SSDs ready for the server room, where uptime is critical? In fact, 62 percent of businesses use SSDs in their on-premises physical servers today, and that number is expected to increase to 72 percent by 2020. Currently, among businesses using local SSDs in on-prem servers, 51 percent are using SATA SSDs, 34 percent are using faster SAS SSDs, and 13 percent are using even faster NVMe SSDs. SSDs are also increasingly finding their way into external storage. Currently, 18 percent of businesses use hybrid storage arrays that make use of both SSDs and spinning hard drives, while 14 percent use all-flash storage arrays. However, as SSDs become more popular, we expect usage of all-flash storage arrays to surpass use of hybrid flash arrays within the next two years.