Today, I’m proud to share that in just two years, sales of Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) are outpacing market growth for x86 blades, and Cisco has become the #3 player worldwide in x86 blade server factory revenue.*
Blades are forecast to be the fastest growing segment of the x86 server market** and market data illustrates the impact of UCS innovation: businesses worldwide shifted over 10% of the x86 blade server spending to UCS, and in the U.S. nearly 20%. Cisco’s rapid growth underscores our leadership in the industry transition to fabric computing and converged infrastructure. On our most recent earnings call, Cisco reported 5,400 UCS customers and an annualized order run rate of $900M for UCS product orders.
As we began our design efforts, we knew we couldn’t set out to design simply another server. We heard from our customers that power, management, and server administration costs were sapping their budgets, leaving few resources for innovation. So we included customers in R&D sessions to help us design from the ground up an evolutionary new system that integrated networking and management: flexible and scalable enough to handle any workload. We aimed to create the ideal, programmable, platform for virtualized and cloud environments, and to help solve many of the very real challenges they faced.
Today’s market share news demonstrates our approach is taking hold. But this is just the beginning: we are committed to evolving UCS and delivering continued technology innovation. Thanks for joining us on this journey – we have leagues more innovation ahead of us.
To see what some customers are saying, please read more on our data center blog.