Cisco UCS is #1 in x86 Blade Servers

December 6, 2017 - 6 Comments

We are excited to be recognized as the leader in the worldwide x86 blade server market by IDC. This is a great milestone for Cisco UCS, especially as customers begin a technology refresh cycle based on Intel’s new Xeon Scalable Processor family to our new UCS M5 portfolio for increased performance and lower TCO.

A Systems Approach

Just over 8 years ago, Cisco introduced a system – a unified computing system. We realized a traditional approach to server design would no longer solve the IT challenges that lay ahead. Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to deliver an easier way to deploy and manage IT infrastructure. With Cisco UCS, we created a truly programmable, fabric centric design that combines compute, network, and storage infrastructure into a single platform. This enabled IT teams to reduce management costs while accelerating the delivery of new application services. Since 2009, Cisco UCS has delivered more than 150+ world record performance benchmarks with the capability to scale to thousands of servers utilizing a simple, common management model. Our customers have become our biggest champions, helping to spread the word about Cisco UCS and providing valuable feedback on new features and capabilities. We appreciate their business and collaboration.

Continued Innovation with Cloud-Based Management

We believe the future offers immense opportunities for those that innovate to solve customer problems. Modern IT is only going to accelerate in regards to scale and complexity. The ability for people to manage it all will simply not be possible. To address that challenge, we recently introduced Cisco Intersight, a cloud-based management platform, to help customers simplify infrastructure management and begin to utilize machine learning and analytics to help IT infrastructure constantly learn, adapt and protect. Enterprises will want to use applications from multiple cloud services and the need for highly adaptive infrastructure such as Cisco UCS for multi-cloud environments will be critical for success.


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  1. Hey Tim,

    great news! … could you kindly clarify if the ranking is based on volume shipments or revenue? i understand that this is strictly based on x86 based servers, so it does narrow the pie…

  2. Hi Tim!

    On the pie chart, I see 33,4% (Cisco) vs. 33,8% (HPE). Why is 33,4% more than 33,8%? On the IDC site, I see 3Q17 Market Share HPE 19,5%, Dell Inc. 18,1%, IBM 6,4%, Cisco 5,8% WW. Did I miss something?

    Thank you in advice,

    • Hi Imre, IDC consider that a statistical tie for first place. If you subtract H3C from HPE they are at 31.5%


      • if you subtract H3C from HPE you should subtract Cisco's Chinese market share from Cisco's WW results, as this is the market name and the only way HPE now sells Blade Servers in China, namely through H3C. So not a very fair assessment excluding one of the biggest countries from HPE's result, but including it for Cisco's 🙂

  3. Congratulations Tim!