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March 04, 2013


A recently released global Ethernet switch report provides the overall market size and the shares of the vendors in the industry. In fact, according to Infonetics (News - Alert) Research for the 4th quarter 2012 (4Q12) and year-end, findings show a positive outlook for the coming year.

The report covers Ethernet switches and PoE, chassis switches, fixed configuration switches and ports. The companies tracked for the report include: ADTRAN, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell (News - Alert), Enterasys, Extreme, Hitachi Cable, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Linksys, NETGEAR as well as others.

In the report, it was revealed that the Ethernet switch market was strong in in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. And emerging market are seeing higher numbers as they start investing in infrastructure to improve access to technology. Yet, developed countries such as Western Europe have seen a decline of up to 12 percent year-over-year and on the other hand, the North American market did not making any gains during the last quarter, but the loss was minimal with only -1.1 percent.

The highlights of the report for this market are:

In 4Q12, the global Ethernet switch market totaled $5.1 billion which was up five percent with a 19.8 billion total for 2012. This was an increase of 4.7 percent from 2011 with almost $1 billion.

Cisco, HP, Juniper, Dell and Brocade (News - Alert) are considered to be the top five Ethernet switch revenue leaders, while Cisco and HP again are the leaders in the field capturing more than three quarters of the global Ethernet switch market.

The future of the Ethernet switch market will be in 10GbE and 40GbE, but Gigabit Ethernet is still generating revenues in network deployments. 10G port shipments increased by 66 percent in 2012 as data centers were upgrading and changing the server adoption as network build outs increased overall.

 “Given the finicky economic backdrop, weakness in Europe, and lower spending by public sector customers, Ethernet switches turned in a solid performance in 2012, returning to modest growth. And signs are pointing to a healthier road ahead as discounting returns to normal levels and buyers seek higher-value products like layer 3 switches and higher-speed ports,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for Enterprise Networks and Video at Infonetics Research (News - Alert).

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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