Hi all, I was debating with a friend recently. His stance was that Cisco should get out of the UCS (or server) business and focus on their core product lines of routers, switches, VoIP, etc. Making sure a company’s core product line is solid isn’t a bad thing. It rarely could be or should be. That said, I think that Cisco had to make their own servers. They likely want to move into a solid partnership with VMware and move several of their appliance based products onto VMware hypervisor but they need to have the hardware stable. They also need the hardware for their products to be flexible … very flexiable.
Cisco could have partnered with HP or IBM or perhaps even Dell to make the servers for their ISR G2 routers (now named UCS Express) but it would have been very very tough to do that given that almost all of their vendors also make competing switches and products. IBM even has their own phone system. Cisco’s server line isn’t huge and likely won’t ever have the breadth that HP or IBM have but it will serve them well for what appears to be a long term goal.
Until next time,