Cisco’s Ethernet switch market share dips to 61.2% in Q4 2012

Infotech Lead India:
Cisco’s Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) market share dipped in Q4 2012 to 61.2 percent from 64 percent in Q4 2011.

Cisco’s market share in the fast growing 10GbE market segment stands at 66.1 percent in 4Q12.

Apart from Cisco, other top players in the market include — based on their market share in the Ethernet switch — is HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and Juniper.

While HP and Huawei increased their market share in Q4 2012 v/s Q4 2011, Juniper and HP showed almost flat growth, IDC said on Friday.

According to IDC, Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) revenues reached $5.7 billion in Q4 2012 (4Q12), up 0.5 percent year over year.

Global router market declined 0.2 percent.

In Q4 2012, Ethernet switch market grew 15.6 percent in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and Africa (MEA) (13.8 percent), and Latin America (12 percent).

Western Europe showed 12 percent year-over-year decline.

Japan increased 3.5 percent year-over-year and North America declined 1.1 percent.

Rohit Mehra, VP, Network Infrastructure at IDC, said: “While growth in the Ethernet switch market will largely come from 10GbE and 40GbE in the coming years, it is encouraging to note that the market for Gigabit Ethernet is holding its own, largely in campus, aggregation, and network edge deployments.”

10GbE Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) revenue increased 14.9 percent year over year.

10GbE port shipments grew 43.9 percent year over year to just under 4 million ports in 4Q12. 10GbE continues to be the main driver of the overall Ethernet switch market.

Worldwide Layer 4-7 switching market revenues grew 9.1 percent year over year to $421 million in 4Q12. For the full year 2012 L4-7 market increased a healthy 12.5 percent year over year.

Worldwide router market declined 0.2 percent.

In the Middle East and Africa region, router showed 25.3 percent growth. The U.S. market grew 15 percent. Dip in Europe was 21.4 percent, while Japan market decreased 24.6 percent.

IDC says video traffic on the network, and the need to support a set of wired and wireless devices at the network edge will continue to keep the enterprise networking market relevant over the longer term.

Arvind Krishna
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