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Infonetics Research

June 22, 2009 10:45 ET

Infonetics Research: WAN optimization market down, but faring better than other networking segments

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released the first quarter (1Q09) edition of its Enterprise Routers and WAN Optimization Appliances report. Highlights from the market research report follow.

"Sales of both enterprise routers and WAN optimization appliances were down in the first quarter, not surprising given the current economic turmoil. Similar to the Ethernet switch market, there was a shift to lower-priced routers, including low-end and branch office devices. The WAN optimization segment was down also, but fared better than many other segments, as organizations are able to build convincing ROI cases around their deployments, which should help this segment weather the downturn better than other infrastructure types," said Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice and Data, Infonetics Research.


-- Worldwide total enterprise router revenue came in at $787 million in
   1Q09, down 20% from the previous quarter, and continuing the downward
   trend seen since 3Q08
-- All vendors had double digit declines sequentially
-- Router sales were down in all regions, although Asia Pacific declined
   only 9% sequentially, and North America is down the least year-over-year


-- After hitting a major milestone by surpassing the $1 billion mark
   worldwide in 2008, WAN optimization appliance sales dropped 14%
   quarter-over-quarter in 1Q09, to $226 million
-- While tough economic conditions will hamper growth in the WAN
   optimization market, growing demands on wide area networks will drive
   some investment, keeping 2009 worldwide revenue essentially even
   with 2008
-- Vendor market share positions shuffled once again in 1Q09 in the WAN
   optimization appliance market, with Blue Coat back on top


Infonetics' enterprise router and WAN optimization report tracks 3Com/H3C, ADTRAN, Blue Coat, Citrix, Cisco, Expand, Huawei, Ipanema, Juniper, Nortel, OneAccess, Riverbed, Siemens, and others. The report includes pivot tables and provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for WAN optimization appliances and high-end, mid-range, branch, and low-end/SOHO enterprise routers, including port detail (T1/E1/J1, T3/E3/J3, OC3/STM1, OC12/STM4).

Related research:

-- 1Q09 Ethernet and Application Switches

-- 1Q09 Wireless LAN and WiFi Mesh Equipment and Phones



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Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Matthias Machowinski
    Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice and Data
    Infonetics Research
    VoIP +1 (408) 583-3363
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