Coming out of the second fiscal quarter of 2011 there is a growing appetite to understand precisely how effective the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is in the marketplace. A not so subtle reminder here that UCS unites computing, networking, storage and virtualization into one cohesive system.
From Mr. Chambers to the UCS leadership, from the sales and marketing team, to UCS research and development there are a lot of satisfied smiles. As the February 22, 2011 news release points out, UCS customers grew from around 2,600 to nearly 4,000 quarter-over-quarter. Cisco’s UCS revenue has grown an amazing 700 percent year-over-year. Folks, that’s very encouraging news since it’s only been a little over 18 months since the first generation of the platform was shipped. http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/prod_022211.html
Bottom line is that rack and blade server customers are selecting Cisco as their vendor. It’s a testament to Cisco’s ability to simplify customers’ IT environments with blade servers that deliver a scalable and flexible architecture; rack-mount servers that address fluctuating workload challenges; fabric interconnects that create a single, highly available management domain; UCS management for all system components and configurations, and; Virtual Interface Cards that enhance network I/O performance and simplify and centralize I/O management.
So let’s pinpoint some of these customers. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is using UCS at its headquarters, at refineries and marketing offices. The result is that KNPC is now able to deploy more services and apps, improve workforce productivity and lower costs. http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/prod_021411b.html
Additional recent UCS customer news is the announcement that Gloucestershire Constabulary, a police force covering six districts in England, has become the 500th customer of the Cisco Unified Computing System in Europe. The Constabulary was looking to significantly reduce costs and establish a Cloud approach to enable more automation. http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/prod_021011b.html
UCS is rapidly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. If UCS was on the “American Idol” television program it would definitely be one of the top performers. If UCS was a college basketball team, it would be heading to the Final Four. One more analogy, if UCS was a film, it would be up for an Oscar. So, you catch my drift that Cisco Unified Computing System continues to efficiently and effectively execute a solid business and growth plan and is clearly addressing and solving customer problems. I can’t think of a better formula for success.