Cisco deemed early leader in 100G Ethernet switching

June 5, 2013
Infonetics Research reports.

Infonetics Research recently released excerpts from its 1st Quarter (1Q13) Ethernet Switches market share and forecast report. According to the technology market analyst firm, the Ethernet switch market totaled $4.7 billion worldwide in 1Q13, down 8% from 4Q12, but up 1% from the year-ago quarter (1Q12). While nearly all Ethernet switch vendors reported lower sequential sales in 1Q13, Cisco is the early leader in 100G Ethernet switch ports, reveals the report.

“While we saw the usual 1st quarter seasonal dip in Ethernet switch sales in 1Q13, overall growth has strengthened over the past 3 quarters, a positive sign given continuing weakness in Europe and lower spending by the U.S. federal government,” notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Related: 10G, 40G, 100G port shipments seen skyrocketing

The report also finds that Ethernet port shipments fell 4% in 1Q13, and that 10G -- normally the shining star of such analyses -- had the highest quarter-over-quarter decline. 40G was the only port segment to post sequential shipment growth (+2%), driven by 40G fixed switches (e.g., 16xQSFP+) and 40G line cards on chassis switches.

The report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017 and analysis for Ethernet switches and PoE, including ports, fixed configuration switches, and chassis switches. Companies tracked include Adtran, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Enterasys, Extreme, Hitachi Cable, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Linksys, Netgear, and others. Learn more about the report.

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