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Cisco Still a Kid in Storage

Despite posting overall outstanding first-quarter earnings, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) showed less-than-stellar storage sales.

While announcing a $1.1 billion overall profit for the quarter, Cisco CEO John Chambers noted weakness in storage area networking. He said sales of the company's Andiamo switches did not meet targets due to manufacturing and supply issues, as well as a lengthened sales cycle.

Cisco does not break out specific numbers for its SAN gear, which gets grouped into Advanced Technology with IP telephony, home networking, optical networking, security, and wireless. The Advanced Technology group accounted for 17 percent of Cisco's total product revenue and showed more than 15 percent sequential growth.

Last week, Ciscos chief competitor in the high-end switching market, McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA), lowered its guidance for the current quarter because it reached agreement with EMC and one of its other large OEMs too late to recognize the revenue for this quarter. An RBC Capital Markets
report said one of the sticky points was pricing.

Did Cisco have the same problems? Nobody’s saying.

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