552RA Cisco’s Expected Server Splash: A Signpost or Challenge
The possible entry by Cisco into server markets with offerings that include networking management and virtualization has prompted Saugatuck to assess the roles and challenges of vendors and users in a changing IT infrastructure environment.On 19 January, 2009, the New York Times reported plans by Cisco to enter into the server market with offerings combining traditional server functionality with networking and virtualization. Later the same day, Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technical Officer for Cisco, posted a blog article on the company’s site that articulated a vision of a Unified Computing architecture encompassing server, networking, and storage virtualization. Warrior’s blog post almost – but not quite - confirmed the rumors and expectations of Cisco’s imminent server market entry. However, it is important to note that Cisco has as of this date made no formal announcement about entering the server market.