Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009
6. Cisco’s Unified Computing Strategy
After months of speculation and rumor, Cisco’s "Project California" came to fruition in March as the "Unified Computing System (UCS) architecture for a virtualized data system – storage, networking and servers. It was a grand idea that would truly give Cisco a hand in every facet of the IT platform. Cisco’s initial UCS push is direct sales and with select large partners. Smaller partners wanted in on UCS and Cisco needed a competitive product, which is why it announced it would field rack-mounted conventional servers that would be UCS compatible. UCS was one of the biggest announcements of 2009 and pitted Cisco against long-time allies Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun and Dell.