60,000 Cisco UCS Customers and Counting

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– June 13, 2017 – 9 Comments

They said we were crazy.

Back in 2009, when we unveiled the Cisco Unified Computing System, industry pundits – namely our competitors in the server market – said we’d overreached in a technology arena we knew little about.

What we introduced was an innovative solution that unified compute, network, storage access, management and virtualization into one integrated platform designed to fundamentally eliminate complexity and increase business agility. We changed the game by engineering a high-performance, highly secure and flexible computing system, not just another server like everyone else.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we now have 60,000 active UCS customers. Starting from almost nothing just eight years ago, we’ve built a business that is now consistently ranked in the top-two in blade server shipments worldwide, nearly doubling the number of customers over the past three years alone.

UCS has become a primary building block in the world’s most advanced data centers, delivering the benefits of a converged infrastructure in ready-to-deploy stacks. Consider these achievements:

To this day, no other technology solution has been able to match the architectural superiority and sustainable differentiation of UCS. We have continuously added innovations to the portfolio and will be introducing our fifth-generation UCS next month.

And in the coming months, Cisco and our world-class data center partner ecosystem, which includes new partners like Docker and Turbonomic, will introduce a series of UCS innovations on multiple levels. At Cisco Live U.S. in Las Vegas, June 25-29, we will demonstrate new system, software, orchestration and management solutions that will allow our customers to foster innovation, reduce risk, and eliminate complexity within their data center environments.

Cisco has never been more committed to our UCS customers’ success. We will continue to innovate and create new value and business opportunities for UCS customers around the world.

While other vendors mimic our message while delivering their same tired technology, we want to thank our customers who’ve placed their confidence in Cisco’s “crazy” vision of a Unified Computing System.

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  1. Mitch Mudit Kumar

    June 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Great progress from where we started. I have been through this journey from the very start at Cisco AS for UCS, helping customers deploy their solutions. Proud moments for all, much more to come…

  2. Robb Boyd

    June 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    It is incredible that other vendors have not come out with anything comparable even after all these years. Many buzzwords continue to try and grab attention….Stateless, API Driven Architecture, Infrastructure as Code, even Composable. All variations of a theme that UCS started with in 2009. Everyone should be comfortable laying out what makes UCS different. It is a compelling story. Congratulations Liz and team.

  3. Brian Ferrar

    June 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Yesterday I met with Deloitte Canada and they reminded me why UCS is their preferred platform for SAP deployments – infrastructure matters! The value-add that we engineer into our “crazy” systems makes a meaningful difference for both the Deloitte consultants practicing their craft, and for their clients running SAP. Complex applications require sophisticated infrastructure that simplifies & secures one’s operations. The unique engineering we undertake more than pays for itself on the very first deployment of SAP – let alone in the ongoing operations and management. To paraphrase the famous Lee Iacocca line, “You can buy a cheaper system, but why would you want to?”

  4. John McDonough

    June 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I can say “I was there at the beginning”as the first Cisco Advanced Services engineer providing support for the UCS API. UCS engineering’s superior API first commitment ensures the ability for complete Automation and Orchestration. Now with a plethora of API tools including UCS PowerTool and UCS Python SDK, and Configuration Management support via Ansible, Puppet, MicroSoft DSC and more UCS continues to be the industry leader in Compute Technology!

  5. Ernst Kratky

    June 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

    That’s awesome and let’s focus on solutions-business like Big Data Analytics, SAP, Microsoft and others – solutions are driving the growth of UCS – the CVDs make the difference….!

  6. Charles Mah

    June 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Liz adn team, that’s awesome!!! Let’s get “crazier”. Looking forward to learn more about 5th Gen UCS, while we continue to sell what we have now. Charles China Commercial Sales

  7. Pavani Reddy

    June 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    UCS has and WILL continue to have the clout against our competition. We will “Believe while others are doubting”!

  8. Aryan Verma

    June 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Being a Cisco TAC engineer, I have never come across a customer more satisfied with other servers than UCS. Its GUI, ability to withstand heavy traffic makes it stand above other rival servers. Glad to support UCS customers!

  9. Girish Jain

    June 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    UCS team success story continues bringing in more innovations. we will eliminate competition from the minds of customers !!