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 Cisco’s First Trifecta

This week IDC released the calendar 1Q14 server market share tracker report, which is starting to generate press given the news that Cisco UCS has achieved the #1 x86 blade server revenue market share position in the US, in North America and in the Americas  - a “triple crown” right before the Belmont Stakes :-) Globe

We are understandably very proud of this achievement, and we’re taking time to celebrate. It was fun calling John Chambers to share the news, and to remind him that the team delivered on our commitment – to become #1 in blades in the US in 2014, and use that as the launchpad for our #1 world-wide campaign.

At the same time, it’s a humbling experience. We can argue about the meaning of market share numbers. They can be viewed as an indicator of momentum, they can be viewed as ephemeral, so what really is the meaning of being #1?

My interpretation is simple: Customers have a vote, and the market share numbers are an indication of the huge trust customers are placing on Cisco, not just on UCS. In 5 short years we’ve accumulated over 33,000 customers world-wide, including over 75% of Fortune 500 companies.  Contrary to competitors’ predictons, UCS is not a flash in the pan. It’s a reflection of Cisco’s ability to innovate in a way that drives tangible business outcomes for our customers. We struck a resonant cord when you consider innovations such as:

As we set our sights on being #1 WW, I’d like to surprise readers by actually congratulating HP on being #1 WW; they’ve had the longest run at this coveted spot in the industry. We aim to capture this spot, and to hold it for longer, which we believe is eminently achievable given  we’ve achieved #2 WW by focusing on a subset of all available use cases and market segments. We have many opportunities, all of them well-funded and in execution, to drive expansion – new products, new business capabilities, more market coveraged, enhanced manufacturing, delivery and support.

So in essence, rather than admiring our recent #1 win in the Americas, we choose to view this as a call to arms, a rallying cry to accelerate our drive to #1 WW. Velociraptors unbound!

Lastly, a big THANK YOU to our customers, our partners and our entire value chain teams to demonstrate Cisco is serious about setting the state of the art in   computing. And I say this deliberately, because we are not in the server business. We are in the computing business, which is the business of optimizing application environments for performance and total cost of ownership – what our customers want.

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4 Comments.


  1. Congratulations Paul! This is a great accomplishment and big milestone towards bigger and better accomplishments.

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  2. European concerned

    How about safety? I mean it is bugged and no one will feel safe about it, how about moving to Europe, Cisco? All Us based It firms will gradually lose business to foreign competitors, it is a gradual process (hidden under the radar), but it is inevitable!
    :-(

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  3. En México se está observando el crecimiento de CISCO con Servidores Blade en varios segmentos de mercado y esto es debido a la innovación e integracion, pero sobre todo por los niveles de servicio que se otorgan como soporte técnico, garantías e implementacion.
    Aquí observamos que no solo las diferenciales de hardware son importantes, sino que también el servicio es fundamental para alcanzar posiciones de market share a nivel mundial.

    Vamos por buen camino. !!!

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  4. Can you help me place a customer’s entire enterprise servers and remote client VM CAD servers in the “cloud”. I need the CAD users to connect to the cloud VM CAD clients via thin clients with graphic accelerators. The backbone of the enterprise and client CAD servers must be at 10GIGE with a 8GIG fibre to your SAN.

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