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Infonetics Research

December 16, 2009 17:52 ET

Infonetics Research: Ethernet switch and enterprise router markets continue to rebound

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released two third quarter (3Q09) reports recently, Ethernet Switches and Application Delivery Controllers and Enterprise Routers and WAN Optimization Appliances.


"Ethernet switch sales grew for the second quarter in a row, indicating that the market reached the bottom in the first half of 2009. Sales were supported by a general stabilization in the business climate, coupled with public sector spending and stimulus programs in Asia Pacific and North America. Enterprise router sales also grew in the third quarter, but overall have suffered more than other segments, as businesses aren't opening new locations, and are substituting with cheaper devices. Cisco's introduction of the next generation ISR should help support router sales going forward, as buyers look to upgrade their aging installed base," expects Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data at Infonetics Research.


--  In 3Q09, the Ethernet switch market grew 5% sequentially, to $3.5
--  Growth was strongest toward the low end, with unmanaged and web-
    managed switches both showing double-digit sequential growth
--  10G ports jumped 46% and are up 61% year-over-year
--  Most of the top Ethernet switch vendors posted single- to double-digit
    percent revenue gains in 3Q09
--  HP ProCurve is slated to acquire 3Com, which would create the largest
    competitor to Cisco
--  Application delivery controller (ADC) revenue jumped 10% in 3Q09, to
    $229 million worldwide


--  Worldwide enterprise router revenue edged higher in 3Q09, up 5%
    sequentially to $746 million
--  Router sales are beginning to stabilize in North America and Asia
    Pacific, with sales up sequentially from 2Q09, and down the least of all
    regions year-over-year
--  Heavyweight Cisco increased sales by 7% in 3Q09, and captures about
    three-quarters of router revenue
--  ADTRAN had the highest rebound, with sales up 18% sequentially
--  After shrinking for several quarters, the WAN optimization market
    rebounded, growing 12% sequentially, led by positive results by the three
    main vendors, Blue Coat, Cisco, and Riverbed


Infonetics' Ethernet switch and ADC report tracks 3Com/H3C, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix Netscaler, D-Link, Enterasys, Extreme, F5, Force10, Huawei, Linksys, NETGEAR, Nortel, HP ProCurve, Radware, SMC, and others. The report provides market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for application delivery controllers, PoE switches by form factor and speed, and Ethernet switches (including chassis switches and layer 2 and layer 3 managed, unmanaged, and web-managed fixed configuration switches).

Infonetics' enterprise router and WAN optimization report tracks 3Com/H3C, ADTRAN, Blue Coat, Citrix, Cisco, Expand, Huawei, Ipanema, Juniper, Nortel, OneAccess, Riverbed, and others. The report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts for WAN optimization appliances and high-end, mid-range, branch, and low-end/SOHO routers, including port detail (T1/E1/J1, T3/E3/J3, OC3/STM1, OC12/STM4 and other ports).


-- Ethernet Switch Vendor Ratings: North American Enterprise Survey

-- Enterprise Router Vendor Ratings: North American Enterprise Survey


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