"It's simply to let those other partner vendors manage us as part of their enterprise architecture," Nusbaum said.
Deb Howard, Cisco's data center solutions marketing manager, said 33% of customers are now using FCoE on the Nexus 5000 series of switches. "I do believe customers were waiting for director class switches that are scalable, so I believe that number will start to bump up as we go forward," she said.
Cisco claims to have 10,000 customers using switches operating on its NX-OS software, which equates to seven million network ports on its Nexus line and about 4,000 customers using UCS systems and software that it launched two years ago.
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