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Cisco is a top 3 server vendor

IDC data shows them overtaking Dell in blades in Q1

Well, they couldn't figure out pocket videocams but Cisco sure seems to have nailed blade servers. Just two years after shipping its first Unified Computing System platform, Cisco is now No. 3 in blade server revenue, having leapfrogged Dell in Q1, according to IDC.

Cisco says businesses worldwide shifted 10% of their x86 blade server spending to UCS in Q1 - in the U.S., almost 20%. Cisco says it now has 5,400 customers for UCS, which is on an annual order run rate of $900 million. 

HP is still No. 1 in blades servers, with a 50% share of the $1.8 billion market in Q1, according to MarketWatch, quoting IDC figures. HP is followed by IBM with 20.2% and Cisco with 9.4%.  Dell was fourth with 8.4%.

Of the four, Cisco posted the biggest year-over-year growth, as Q1 sales more than quadrupled, to $171 million, according to the MarketWatch story. But in the  overall server market, Cisco is seventh, while HP is No. 1 with 31.5% of the $11.9 billion market in Q1, followed by IBM with 29.2%, Dell with 15.6%, and Oracle with 6.5%.

So, no wonder HP is irked. And no wonder they're now making incursions into Cisco's networking dominance.

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