Huawei’s Ethernet switch revenue increased 80 percent sequentially in Q4 2013, propelling the vendor into the #4 spot behind Cisco, HP, and Juniper, said Infonetics Research.
In 2013, the Ethernet switch market revenue passed the $20 billion mark.
“While 10G was once again the key growth driver, we’re finally seeing this segment mature after a decade, and 40G is now taking over as the new high-growth segment,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.
Infonetics said 40G alone will pass $1 billion in revenue this year as it becomes the technology of choice in the data center.
Infonetics Research said Ethernet switch revenue grew 3 percent in Q4 2013 to $5.4 billion from Q4 2012.
The report said enterprise buyers are shifting their purchases toward switches with advanced capabilities such as management features, power-over-Ethernet, and higher speeds, to deal with the increasing demands that applications are placing on network infrastructure.
100G ports shipments doubled quarter-over-quarter, and Infonetics expects the 100G market to gain critical mass in 2015.
North America and China were the top-performing geographies in Ethernet switch sales in 2013.
On Thursday, IDC said the Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) rose 4.8 percent year-over-year to $5.96 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. In 2013, the Ethernet switch market increased 3.0 percent, while the router market grew 1.5 percent year over year.
In Q4 2013, Ethernet switch market rose 9.3 percent in North America, 5.1 percent in Asia/Pacific and 3.9 percent in Latin America. Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region declined 1.3 percent in Q4 2013, IDC said.