It’s been an exciting two years since we introduced the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solution to the world. UCS provides virtualized compute and networking with simple management. I want to congratulate our service provider customers on their successes in delivering differentiated services, with UCS as the foundation, in their markets. I would also like to extend our thanks to our business partners, both channel partners and those with complementary product offerings, for their expertise and ability to help accelerate this truly innovative idea across the data center and cloud industry.
In two short years, Cisco has risen to the #3 player in the fastest growing segment of the x86 server market.
Released yesterday, the IDC press release on Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker Q1 2011 highlights the UCS uptake by our customers and partners and shows a great start to our vision for UCS in every SP, enterprise, and public sector organization looking for a world-class scalable, flexible, and powerful converged server platform. The rapid growth from launch to #3 in the industry for x86 blade servers in such a short time indicates two points: First, that the data center industry was crying out for real technology innovation and, second, that innovative customers are willing to embrace a new paradigm when the business benefits delivered are compelling.
Within the 5400+ total unique customers using UCS across the globe thus far, there are many service providers using the product to deliver services to their customers as well as internally for their IT infrastructure. Among those SPs on UCS, I would like to add an extra thank you to those SP’s who have shared their experiences publically, including such innovators as SAVVIS, Swisscom, Orange, Terremark (now part of Verizon), Cable & Wireless, NaviSite, and TELUS have relied on UCS to deliver services such as Infrastructure as a Service, Collaboration, and VDI as a Service.
Again, thank you, congratulations, and we look forward to supporting our customers’ success through UCS and the rest of our broad portfolio of products and services.