IDC added Cisco Systems to its worldwide server tracker for the first time in the first quarter. Cisco entered the server market in 2009 with its Unified Computing System, which combines servers and network gear in a package.
Cisco took 1.6% of server revenue in the first quarter, Eastwood said. It has entered a "sweet spot" in the x86 server market, he said, by selling higher-priced server configurations designed for virtualization projects.
(IDC is a division of International Data Group, the parent company of IDG News Service.)