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Cisco today said it would add a rack-mounted server as a second form factor for its Unified Communications Computing System. That’s Cisco’s fancy name for its blade server — soon to be available as a pizza box — packed with processors, memory and virtualized I/O. It […]

logoCisco today said it would add a rack-mounted server as a second form factor for its Unified Communications Computing System. That’s Cisco’s fancy name for its blade server — soon to be available as a pizza box — packed with processors, memory and virtualized I/O. It will release the rack-mounted servers during the fourth quarter of this year. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior also unveiled some nifty data from a survey conducted by Goldman Sachs last month.

The investment bank interviewed 100 IT executives at Fortune 1000 companies, and learned that 18 percent plan to evaluate the Cisco server within the next year. So it looks like some IT folks will give it a whirl. The same survey also found that two-thirds of the respondents expected “increased presence for Cisco servers in their data centers in the next 2-3 years.” That “finding,” however, is kind of silly. Few companies currently have Cisco servers inside their data centers; adding just one would immediately increase the “presence” of such hardware.

  1. Thanks for the write up – an important correction: Cisco’s compute product line is Unified Computing, not Unified Communications.

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  2. Re: market penetration with just one server deployed in a data center?

    How often, in data centers that rely on standardization to drive down cost and complexity,do you see people buying just ONE of anything? That’s a non-sensical point as the number of times you see that happen will be very small.

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    1. I hear from my IT colleagues that this is a revolutionary game changing product with big cost savings opportunity…so, I’m not surprised when I hear that 1 in 5 will be testing it over next year.

      Btw, doen’t Cisco call their blade servers as Unified Computing System….not Unified Communications, which is compltely different :)

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  3. Stacy,
    Why do you use investment bank surveys?
    I wonder how much Goldman will get paid for the next M&A transaction they pitch to Cisco. Investment Bank surveys can be filed in the “fiction” pile.
    If you called 5-10 of your IT contacts – you could have done a better job.

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    1. @ Petabro It was Cisco’s CTO that used the GS survey results in her presentation, not Stacey.

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  4. @ Petabro It was Cisco’s CTO that used the GS survey results in her presentation, not Stacey.
    BTW I love your blog!

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  5. [...] touted these findings during various keynote presentations at the partner summit.  However, GigaOm pointed out, an “increased presence” for Cisco servers doens’t mean much since Cisco’s servers are just now hitting the market. Since the vast majority of companies [...]

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  6. [...] its current switch and router products, its most recent announcement includes support for 1U and 2U rack-mounted servers, the kind HP has been shipping for years, along with Dell, IBM, Supermicro, and many [...]

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