Cisco gained in the Ethernet switch market in Q1 2015, while HP and Juniper experienced dips in share.
Ethernet switch market share of Cisco rose to 62.4 percent in Q1 2015 from 60 percent in Q1 2014, said IDC.
Cisco saw a strong growth in L2/L3 Ethernet switching that led to 5.5 percent growth. Cisco share in the 10GbE market fell to 61.1 percent from 61.8 percent. Cisco’s service provider and enterprise router revenue increased 10.3 percent.
HP’s Ethernet Switch revenue decreased 6.4 percent year over year and fell 23.2 percent quarter over quarter. HP’s market share in switching fell to 8.3 percent from 9 percent.
Juniper Ethernet switching revenue fell 6.4 percent. Its router revenue declined 9.7 percent.
“Falling switch port prices dampen overall market growth, even as port shipments, especially for 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet, steadily increase,” said Petr Jirovsky, research manager in IDC’s Networking Trackers Group.
IDC said worldwide Ethernet switch market rose 1.4 percent to $5.4 billion in Q1 2015.
Enterprise and service provider router market grew 7.7 percent year over year, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch and Router Trackers. Service provider segment increased 9.9 percent, while enterprise segment grew 1.3 percent.
Ethernet switch market increased 18.8 percent the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Revenue rose in Qatar at 90.8 percent and Saudi Arabia at 40.4 percent. Growth in North America was 5.6 percent, buoyed by the US growth rate of 5.8 percent.
Ethernet switch market revenue in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) was 0.1 percent. Revenue growth was 42.1 percent in South Korea, and 15.2 percent in India. But China revenue fell 10.4 percent.
Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, at IDC, said: “1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet should see a rebound in the second quarter given the increasing demands on enterprise networks from core to edge, but the strength of the 40Gb segment demonstrates the ongoing growth of large-scale public and private clouds.”