Channel Beat: Cisco Tops HP Servers For First Time in 8 Years

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In this week’s top stories, Cisco claimed victory in the X86 server market over rival Hewlett-Packard, according to first-quarter numbers from IDC. Cisco knocked HP out of the top spot for the first time since 2006, thanks to the growth of Cisco’s UCS and converged infrastructure offerings.

IDC showed Cisco accounted for 40 percent of the total North American blade server market by revenue, while HP accounted for 24.9 percent. Dell came in third with 12 percent. HP is still the number one X86 blade server vendor by revenue worldwide, with a 43.7 percent market share and also maintains the lead in the North American market when comparing units shipped, IDC said.

Apple unveiled its new iOS 8 mobile operating system at the World Wide Developers conference in San Francisco, impressing Apple partners. CEO Tim Cook stressed the importance of app and software development to conference attendees. Cook also showed off Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite, alongside several new apps revolving around everyday interests like smart homes and health. Developers also applauded Apple’s new Xcode programming language, Swift.

Amazon is putting pressure on rival VMware with its new AWS management portal for vCenter, which allows VMware administrators to manage virtual machines running on Amazon EC2 using the same software and interface available on private clouds. Partners of both vendors say Amazon’s new vCenter portal is just the latest case of Amazon targeting VMware’s enterprise cloud market share.

The new offering could lure customers away from VMware’s vCloud hybrid service. The only thing that could be self-defeating for Amazon is the heavy workload that goes into moving data back and forth between data centers, cloud providers, and its EC2.


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