Cisco, HP, IBM, Netgear, Dell and Juniper Networks are the top six Ethernet switch vendors in the Infonetics Research data center and campus Ethernet switch vendor leadership: North American enterprise survey that examines buyers’ views of Ethernet switch vendors.
“Cisco is the established incumbent in the Ethernet switch market and will be for years to come, but our latest Ethernet switch survey shows positive momentum for HP,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.
Infonetics Research said HP had a solid second place showing and ranked high with enterprise buyers in current installations, vendor perception, and future purchase considerations. Most important, HP had the highest rise in evaluations for new deployments.
Cisco, the most widely deployed Ethernet switch vendor by far, scores high on all buying criteria, the survey said.
Survey respondents give HP high marks for service and support, technology innovation, and value proposition.
Huawei is slowly but surely starting to show up in Infonetics’ end-user surveys despite being slowed by protectionism in the U.S. market.
Respondent organizations have healthy expansion plans for their networks, expecting deployed ports to grow over 10 percent by next year.
Reliability, technology innovation, and service and support are the most important criteria to buyers when selecting Ethernet switch vendors.
The most common reasons respondents cite for changing vendors are reliability problems, lack of value, and major network refreshes or architectural changes.