December 12, 2012, 9:19 PM — January
In just over two years since it started shipping, Cisco announces that it landed over 10,000 customers for its Unified Computing System (UCS) server platform. UCS began shipping in July 2009 and it is now on an annualized order run rate of over $1 billion, Cisco says. Cisco is No. 4 in the overall server market after three years in the business, No. 2 in x86 blade servers in the US and No. 3 worldwide, according to CEO John Chambers.
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Cisco made its most strategic acquisition in years when it bought video software titan NDS for $5 billion. The acquisition is in keeping with Cisco's strategy to drive video into as many markets as it can in order to create demand for its routers and switches. But the NDS deal is more than that. Cisco has made no bones about the fact that it is looking to deepen its software and services expertise in order to drive more revenue streams for the company and grow in areas aligned with its router and switch hardware focus. Software is 80% of NDS' revenue and the remainder comes from integration services.