Ethernet Switch Market Shares Changing Rapidly as End User Demand Undergoes Significant Evolution, According to Dell'Oro Group

Data Center Expected to Grow While Enterprise and SMB Will Begin to Decline by 2017

May 01, 2013, 09:00 ET from Dell'Oro Group

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ethernet Switch market is undergoing dramatic changes as end users favor unique products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the Data Center, Enterprise, Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) and Carrier Ethernet Services.  As the data center migration towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet for server access ramps, existing and new vendors face opportunities, challenges and market share turbulence in these segments.  Dell'Oro Group's new advanced research report assesses the magnitude of the Ethernet Switch market by location of deployment, tracking market evolution, assessing vendor strengths and weaknesses, and the drivers of growth behind a market that now exceeds $20 B.


"Data center consolidation projects and an increase in Cloud services are causing the data center segment to significantly outperform the overall Ethernet switch market.  This trend is causing vendors focused in the data center to gain overall market share compared to those focused in other segments," said Alan Weckel, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "At the same time, the increase in mobile devices is causing many enterprises and SMBs to invest more heavily in WLAN.  While we haven't seen a negative impact yet, we believe over the next several years the Enterprise and SMB segments will plateau and then gradually decline in favor of wireless technologies, such as 802.11ac.  The divergence in market segment performance will have more impact on vendor share and vendor product offerings over the next several years than we have experienced in the past decade," stated Weckel.

The report segments the market into the four main customer deployment locations: the Data Center, Enterprise (e.g., campus and branch office), Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), and Carrier Ethernet Services. The report also reveals how Cisco, Dell, D-Link, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, and NETGEAR place in the top four revenue-shares in 2012 for these segments.

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