SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 21, 2010 14:59 ET

Infonetics Research: Data center network equipment market poised for 67% growth in 2010

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter of 2010 (3Q10) Data Center Network Equipment market share and forecast report.


"A new round of data center upgrades is underway, driven by virtualization, surging amounts of data, the growing need for storage, under-investment in 2009, and renewed life in the financial sector. Even with a relatively flat third quarter and an expected down fourth quarter, the market for data center network equipment is poised to grow 67% in 2010 over 2009 to hit a milestone $7.6 billion worldwide," predicts Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for enterprise voice and data.


  • Worldwide revenue from data center network equipment, including data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers (ADCs), and WAN optimization appliances, grew 2% in 3Q10 over 2Q10 to $1.9 billion
  • Growth was led by activity in North America and EMEA
  • 10G accounts for 14% of data center switch ports in 3Q10, much higher than in the total Ethernet switch market
  • Infonetics Research predicts 10G port penetration to reach about 50% by 2014, aided by rapidly falling prices
  • The ADC segment is getting a big boost from telecom carriers, a healthy-again financial sector, and the general trend of data center upgrades
  • F5 continued to build its lead in ADC revenue share in 3Q10, and Citrix revenue jumped 25%, surpassing Cisco for the first time
  • Riverbed's WAN optimization appliance revenue surged 22% in 3Q10 and is now enjoying a double-digit lead over their nearest competitors


Infonetics' Data Center Network Equipment report is updated quarterly and provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts, and in-depth analysis for data center Ethernet switches (general purpose, purpose-built, and blade switches), application delivery controllers (ADCs), and WAN optimization appliances. Companies tracked include ADTRAN, 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.

Infonetics Research is currently hiring for an analyst to expand its Data Center Networks research services. Prospective candidates with exceptional analytical skills are encouraged to review the analyst job description at and submit their resume.


The next editions of Infonetics' quarterly Data Center Network Equipment and SAN Equipment reports will be out in March 2011. See DATA CENTER NETWORKS on Infonetics' portal ( for more:


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 Voice and Data
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3363
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