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Ethernet switch market continuing to ‘fragment,’ report finds

April 1, 2015  

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A new report by Dell’Oro Group released today reveals that the Ethernet Switch market continues to fragment as the campus, data centre, small medium business (SMB), and Carrier Ethernet segments grow and contract in different ways.

“The Ethernet switch market continued to evolve rapidly in 2014 with vendors performing very differently in each segment of the market,” said Alan Weckel, vice president of Ethernet Switch research at the firm.  “In looking to our forecast, we believe the demands of the cloud and higher speeds of Ethernet such as 25 Gbps, 50 Gbps, and 100 Gbps, will cause the vendor landscape in the data centre market to change significantly.  At the same time we believe the Campus market is about to go through a mini upgrade cycle to 2.5 Gbps and 5.0 Gbps to support higher speed WLAN Access Points.”

While Cisco and HP were already above 5% market share in the data centre, both Arista and the white box / bare metal switching segment joined them by virtue of their respective greater than 40% revenue growth posted in 2014.

Dell’Oro Group’s Advanced Research Report: Ethernet Switch Deployment Location quantifies the four largest customer deployment location types including market share for 2011-2014, and market 5-year forecast of the following segments: Data Centre, Enterprise, Small and Medium Business and Carrier Ethernet Services.

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