Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Dell were among the familiar names at the top of IDC’s list of the top server vendors for the first quarter. Even Oracle, a year after buying Sun Microsystems, has become a known entity in the server space.
However, new to the rankings is Cisco Systems, the networking giant that two years ago unveiled the first versions of its converged data center offerings, the UCS, or Unified Computing System. The solution offers a tightly integrated package of compute, storage, networking, virtualization and systems management software.
Now the company is finding its way onto IDC’s quarterly server report, with the first quarter being the first time the market research firm tracked Cisco’s numbers. According to IDC, Cisco captured 1.6 percent of the overall server market based on revenue, finishing seventh, nestled between NEC and Hitachi, according to Jed Scaramella, research manager for enterprise servers at IDC.
An interesting article on eweek. It’s great to see Cisco doing well with it’s UCS solution, I love the concept and remember going through with the guys over at Cisco. That competition and innovation continue not only in the server and blade space, but also of the converged data center or infrastructure space has to be a good thing for standards, for revenue opportunities and end user empowerment which is what it is all about.