SOURCE: Infonetics Research

June 05, 2008 17:27 ET

Infonetics Research: WAN optimization market eases up in 1Q08; enterprise routers hold steady

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that after 3 quarters in a row of strong double-digit growth, the WAN optimization market eased up, with worldwide revenue dipping 2% sequentially in 1Q08.

Infonetics' report, Enterprise Routers and WAN Optimization Appliances, shows the WAN optimization market is up 58% year-over-year (1Q07 to 1Q08). The report also shows worldwide enterprise router revenue held steady at $1.1 billion in 1Q08, the same as the previous quarter, buoyed by small increases in low-end/SOHO and branch office enterprise router sales.

"After being on a tear for the last 3 quarters, the WAN optimization market slipped in the 1st quarter of 2008. Incidentally, it did so a year ago as well, illustrating that even emerging segments aren't immune to the occasional slowdown. Regardless, quarterly revenue is up significantly from this time last year, and while vendors sounded a little down-beat after Q1, we still think this market will pass $1 billion in revenue this year," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Unit shipments of WAN optimization appliances are forecast to more
    than double between 2007 and 2010
--  Worldwide enterprise router revenue is up 7% year-over-year (1Q07 to
--  North American enterprise router sales were down 10% sequentially,
    while CALA router sales were on fire, with revenue up 53%, driven by a
    strong showing by Cisco
--  Cisco continues to lead the worldwide enterprise router market by far,
    with about 3/4 of all revenue and over 2/3 of the unit shipments; Juniper
    is 2nd for revenue, 3Com/H3C is 3rd; there are significant differences in
    regional market share

Infonetics' report tracks WAN optimization appliances and high-end, mid-range, branch, and low-end/SOHO enterprise routers, and includes port detail (T1/E1/J1, T3/E3/J3, OC3/STM1, OC12/STM4). Market share, which is now shown in flexible pivot tables, and forecasts are updated quarterly and cover all regions. Companies tracked include 3Com/H3C, ADTRAN, Allot, Blue Coat, Cisco, Huawei, Ipanema, Juniper, Nortel, OneAccess, Packeteer, Riverbed, Siemens, and others.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Enterprise Data area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise routers and switches, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

Contact Information

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    Matthias Machowinski
    Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice & Data
    Infonetics Research
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