SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

June 24, 2011 16:54 ET

Infonetics Research: Data center equipment down in 1Q11; bright spot: purpose-built switches

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 24, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its first quarter (1Q11) Data Center Network Equipment market size, share, and forecast report.

"After massive growth (+50%) in 2010, the data center network equipment market is slowing significantly in 2011, as some of the 2010 drivers like pent-up demand disappear and new challenges arise, such as slowing public sector spending. This dynamic is already playing out, with sales down on a sequential basis in the first quarter and year-over-year increases moving down to single-digit percent territory. Purpose-built data center Ethernet switches continue to enjoy strong growth as buyers transition to these devices to better address performance requirements in their data centers," notes Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for enterprise networks and video.


  • In 1Q11, the worldwide data center network equipment market, which includes data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers (ADCs), and WAN optimization appliances, declined 7% from the previous quarter, but is up 2% year-over-year (1Q10 to 1Q11)
  • In 2010, the global data center equipment market grew to $8 billion, and Infonetics Research forecasts it to top $10 billion by 2015
  • Cisco continues to lead the data center Ethernet switching market by far, with over 80% market share
  • ADC market leader F5 increased quarterly revenue only slightly, but gained 4 points of market share as rivals Cisco and Citrix declined
  • The data center equipment markets in Asia Pacific (APAC) and Central and Latin America (CALA), posted strong year-over-year growth in 1Q11, driven by emerging economies

Infonetics' quarterly Data Center Network Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2015, and in-depth analysis for data center Ethernet switches (general purpose switches, purpose-built switches, blade switches tracked by 1G and 10G port speeds), application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization appliances. Companies tracked include ADTRAN, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Blade, Blue Coat, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Enterasys, Expand, Extreme, F5, Force10, H3C, HP, Huawei, Ipanema, Juniper, NETGEAR, Radware, Riverbed, Silver Peak, and others.


To download report prospectuses, tables of contents, etc., log in to Infonetics' service portal ( and go to DATA CENTER AND CLOUD or ENTERPRISE NETWORKING.

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Matthias Machowinski
    Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3363
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