Cisco, which unveiled its Unified Compute System four years ago, continues to make server share gains. Cisco's worldwide server unit share was up 39.5 percent in the first quarter to 2.4 percent share, according to the preliminary Gartner data.
In February, IDC dubbed Cisco the third largest vendor in the blade server market with a 15.3 percent share, coming in behind IBM with 21.7 percent and market leader HP with 44.7 percent.
"We went from nowhere in blades to No. 3 in blades in the matter of a few years," said John Growdon, senior director of Data Center Sales, Worldwide Channels at Cisco, told CRN in an interview earlier this year.