IDC recently released their latest data on the Converged Systems space, vendor revenue grew 4.6% YoY in calendar Q1 of this year.  This is impressive considering the server market dipped moderately prior to the next wave of technology refreshes coming this summer.

Cisco UCS: It’s not a server. It’s a system.

Cisco UCS and Nexus switches anchor the industry-leading solutions in the certified reference systems & integrated infrastructure category, contributing to an estimated 64% revenue market share represented by our partnerships in VxBlock and FlexPod.  Add to that the traction we’re seeing with VersaStack and FlashStack and it becomes evident that customers have chosen certified reference systems and integrated infrastructure solutions based on Cisco UCS because they  deliver  simplified fabric-centric architecture which  provides pools of policy-based programmable infrastructure.

Unique innovation, unique benefits

Each of our integrated systems brings unique benefits to our customers and each has a strong innovation tempo and commitment from us and our partners:

FlexPod: we announced the new FlexPod SF, extending a portfolio that posted 26.1% YoY revenue growth in Q1.

FlashStack: Introduced new solutions for enterprise applications like Oracle, SAP HANA,  and desktop virtualization

VersaStack: Expanded the portfolio to include hybrid cloud capabilities and software defined storage technologies to address cloud-scale applications.

Dell EMC VxBlock is the leader in the certified reference systems & integrated infrastructure segment, anchored with UCS and Nexus, and offering customer choice in SDN technologies.

And of course, Hyperconverged!

IDC reported 64.7% YoY growth for Hyperconverged Systems in Q1, just under 25% of the total vendor revenue for the converged systems market.  With over 1500 customers, HyperFlex continues to defy gravity with rapid growth and is contributing directly to the continued growth of UCS.

Converged Systems: Continued growth driven by real value

Why do we see so much success? Very simple: customers continue to benefit from the operational advantages, application performance and essential predictability delivered by these solutions.  We see a world where Hyperconverged and Converged Infrastructure are going to co-exist for quite some time, as each solve customer problems – and are the right architectural match for workloads –  in different ways.


Note: all the data points in this blog refer to IDC’s press release, so please load that page to reference all the charts and graphs…


Tim Stack

Product Marketing Manager

Data Center and Virtualization