Cisco joins top 5 server vendors for the first time, IDC says
Cisco is in a statistical fourth-place tie for server systems revenue alongside Fujitsu and Oracle
IDG News Service - Cisco Systems has entered the list of the top 5 server vendors for the first time, drawing level with Fujitsu and Oracle in a tie for fourth place, research firm IDC said on Wednesday.
It's a symbolic victory for Cisco that comes four years after the networking vendor entered the server market with its Unified Computing System, combining compute, network and virtualization resources in a single box.
Its share of the market still lags far behind that of IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell, but IDC's results are a further sign that Cisco is a serious player in the server business.
Cisco ended the fourth quarter with 3.3 percent of server systems revenue, compared with 3.4 percent for Fujitsu and 4.1 percent for Oracle. That put the three vendors in a statistical tie for fourth place, IDC said. Oracle's server business fared worst, declining 18 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, while Cisco's surged 51 percent.
At the top of the market, IBM retained its lead with 36.5 percent of server sales, followed by HP with 24.8 percent and Dell with 15.1 percent, IDC said.
The fourth quarter was a good one overall for the server industry, at least compared to the rest of the year. Sales were up 3.1 percent from the final quarter of 2011, to $14.6 billion. That marked the first quarterly increase in server revenue in five quarters, IDC said.
The full-year picture wasn't so good, with overall sales down 1.9 percent from 2011, at $51.3 billion.
The quarterly sales increase was driven by x86 servers, with revenue up 4.2 percent, and high-end systems, which were up 6.4 percent, thanks largely to the release of a new IBM mainframe last August.
"The IBM System z mainframe platform had its highest quarterly revenue since 1997, generating nearly $2 billion and driving the overall server market to positive growth in the quarter," IDC analyst Jean Bozman said in a statement.
Revenue from midsized systems, including many types of Unix servers, declined 10 percent, IDC said.
Quarterly server sales were up sharply in the U.S., Asia/Pacific and Latin America, but weak everywhere else, IDC said.
Gartner also released its server market-share figures Wednesday. Cisco made Gartner's top 5 for the volume of servers it sold, something it has achieved before, but not for server revenue.
- Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Optimized Power, Cooling, and Management Maximizes Benefits The effects that the cloud and virtualization have on the data center are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them...
- Comparing Data Center Power Distribution Architectures Significant improvements in have been achieved in data center power distribution, increasing the options available for data centers. This paper compares five power...
- Implementing Hot and Cold Air Containment in Existing Data Centers This paper investigates the constraints, reviews all available containment methods, and provides recommendations for determining the best containment approach.
- Virtually Delivered High Performance 3D Graphics "A picture is worth a thousand words." That old phrase is as true today as it ever was. Pictures (i.e., those with heavy...
- Is SQL Server AlwaysOn really as powerful? Tips and Tricks from the field With the introduction of AlwaysOn, Windows Clustering Services is now more critical than ever.
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily... All Servers White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!