Please consider this my personal holiday card to each and every one of you. Since I am talking holiday musings here, you are going to read a variety of thoughts as we wrap-up (clever holiday reference) 2010 and look forward to a joyful 2011.
Completing my first two months as the analyst relations person for Cisco UCS has been educational, demanding and rewarding. So, let’s talk about UCS. It’s a great product line and among the most innovative in recent Cisco history. Folks, this IS Cisco so don’t listen to discussions that Cisco can’t or won’t succeed in the data center and server marketplaces even against high quality competition. Those type of statements come out of a lack of understanding, knowledge, and likely fear of Cisco expansion.
Cisco leadership, R&D, sales and marketing are absolutely dedicated to the current and future success of UCS. Recent facts point to the incredible growth since Unified Computing Systems began shipping in July, 2009. There are now nearly 3,000 customers. In Fiscal Quarter 1 2011, UCS saw a 550% year-over-year revenue growth with an annualized run rate of nearly $500M. That is success beyond mere promise and very much an indicator of continued market disruptive growth. Perhaps more importantly customers are impressed with UCS. Check out recent announcements such as NICE Systems Israel choosing UCS http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2010/prod_120710h.html and Preveder, a Dutch IT service provider, deploying UCS to its partners http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2010/prod_110310.html. Fa la la la la and ho, ho ho!
For 2011, you are going to be reading a lot from me about how UCS streamlines data center resources to reduce total cost of ownership, scales service delivery, and reduces the number of devices requiring set-up—among other things. Also, and beginning in January, look for a regular blog from me I am calling one big question, or “OBQ.” OBQ will feature various Cisco leaders and experts answering that one big question about UCS, data center and servers. It’s going to be both fun and informative.
So enjoy the holidays, please be both safe and responsible, and get ready for a rockin’ new year.