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Cisco’s fourth-quarter earnings and revenue hits are indicative of, and no doubt affected by, the current recession. However, while Cisco CEO John Chambers promises a return to double-digit growth, that path will not be easy. Not only does Cisco face competition from HP and IBM (along with Juniper Networks) across the data center, smaller vendors like Liquid Computing also are gaining some traction and name recognition in the unified computing space. An additional player in the server market is Fujitsu, which has a strong portfolio and which recently announced a service-oriented push into the American market.