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Cisco Achieves Customer and Technology Milestones

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February 23, 2011

Cisco Achieves Customer and Technology Milestones

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Networking solutions major Cisco announced a series of customer and technology milestones involving the foundation of its Data Center Business Advantage architectural framework.

Cisco (News - Alert) shipped its one millionth Nexus 10Gb Ethernet port. With the shipment of one millionth port, the total number of Nexus ports in customer production environments crossed more than 7 million.

The company also crossed 10,000 NX-OS customers and neared 4,000 Unified Computing Systems (UCS) customers at the end of its fiscal second quarter.

“Customers have spoken with their wallets. They clearly believe a standards-based approach which combines unified computing with a unified fabric, and unified network services provides the data center foundation they're looking for,” said John McCool (News - Alert), senior vice president, data center switching and services group of Cisco, in a statement.

Cisco reached nearly 4,000 customers for its Unified Computing System as of the end of its second fiscal year quarter. Over 1,000 of these customers are repeat purchasers of UCS, company officials said.

Cisco's Unified Computing System revenue grew more than 700 percent during fiscal year second quarter 2011 year-over-year, bringing the UCS annualized revenue run rate to $650 million.

Sales of the Nexus 5000 increased 56 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2011. During the same period, Nexus 2000 revenues enhanced 150 percent and Nexus 7000 revenues grew almost 100 percent to an annualized run rate of $1 billion.

Cisco also expanded choices for customers as the number of applications certified to run over the open NX-OS exceeded 10,000. More than 40 major ISVs executed extensive integrations with the UCS or Nexus API.

The company will also enhance its data center technology leadership in the spring of 2011.

Recently, Cisco announced that Gujarat Telelinks, a multi-service provider in India, selected the company for cable digitization across the key states of Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Gujarat Telelinks will deploy more than 300,000 next-generation digital set-top boxes from Cisco in the next 12 months.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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