|[February 27, 2014]
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch and Router Tracker Shows Encouraging Results in Fourth Quarter
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) reached a record $5.96
billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), representing a
year-over-year increase of 4.8%. On a sequential basis, the market
increased 5.3% over 3Q13. Meanwhile, the worldwide router market jumped
2.2% year over year. Sequentially, the router market increased 0.4%
after the particularly strong 3Q13, according to the preliminary results
published in the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly Ethernet Switch and Router Tracker. For the full year
2013, the Ethernet switch market increased 3.0% year over year while the
total router market grew 1.5% year over year.
From a geographic perspective, the 4Q13 results found the Ethernet
switch market saw its highest growth in North America (up 9.3% year over
year), relatively good growth in Asia/Pacific (up 5.1% year over year),
and Latin America (increased 3.9% year over year). Europe, Middle East &
Africa (EMEA) region remains relatively weak despite signs of
macroeconomic improvements and declined -1.3% year over year in 4Q13.
"The worldwide Ethernet switch market is increasingly diverging into two
market segments with different market dynamics - the enterprise campus
segment, which includes the network edge that integrates mobility, and
the higher growth datacenter segment," said Rohit
Mehra, Vice President, Network
Infrastructure at IDC (News - Alert). "Taking into account fairly significant
regional variations, the campus segment is relatively stable while the
datacenter continues to reflect the rapid explosion of 10GbE and 40GbE
switch ports shipments."
10Gb Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) revenue increased 9.3% year over year
while 10Gb Ethernet switch port shipments grew a strong 35.5% year over
year to 5.4 million ports in 4Q13. 10GbE continues to be the primary
driver of the overall Ethernet switch market, with the early stage 40GbE
just starting to reach critical mass as a stand-alone segment.
The worldwide enterprise and service provider Router market lost some of
its momentum after growing 7.8% year over year in 3Q13 and grew a more
modest but still solid 2.2% year over year in 4Q13. Regionally, the
growth was quite uneven and ranged from 7.9% increase in Asia/Pacific to
a decline of -17.6% year over year in Latin America (due to a tough
comparison against a very strong 4Q12). North America increased 3.8%
year overyear and EMEA also recorded a minor positive growth of 0.3%
year over year in 4Q13.
From a vendor perspective, Cisco's (News - Alert) Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) market
share in 4Q13 held steady from last year at 61.3%. Cisco's market share
in the fast-growing 10GbE market segment was 64.0% in 4Q13. For the full
year 2013, Cisco's Ethernet switch revenue increased 2.1% year over year.
HP's Ethernet Switch revenue increased 3.8% quarter over quarter and
3.6% year over year in 4Q13, just slightly below the overall market
levels. HP's market share now stands at 9.3% in 4Q13. HP's full year
2013 growth reached 4.4% year over year.
Juniper had an impressive quarter having outperformed in both Ethernet
switching and routing in 4Q13. Its router revenue was up 15.1% year over
year and 3.7% quarter over quarter in 4Q13. Juniper's Ethernet switch
revenues increased by 39.7% year over year and 33.7% sequentially this
"With the unified enterprise network edge continuing to gain market
traction and new enterprise networking applications continuing to
proliferate, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) is expected to hold its own for the
foreseeable future," said Petr
Jirovsk�, Research Manager in IDC's Networking Trackers Group.
"However, with IDC continuing to see stark contrasts between regions and
countries; vendors are cautioned to take those into account while
working on their near to mid-term go-to-market strategies."
An interactive graphic showing the market revenues of the top 5 vendors
in the worldwide Layer 2/3 Ethernet switch market over the previous five
quarters is available here.
The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social
media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this
press release on IDC.com.
The IDC's Worldwide
Quarterly Ethernet Switch and Router Tracker provides total market
size and vendor shares for the Ethernet switch and router technologies
in an easy-to-use Excel pivot table format. The geographic coverage for
both the Ethernet switch market and the router market includes eight
major regions (USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia/Pacific (excluding
Japan), Japan, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle
East and Africa) and 58 countries. The Ethernet switch market is further
segmented by speed (100Mb, 1000Mb, 10Gb, 40Gb), product (fixed managed,
fixed unmanaged, modular), and layer (L2, L3, L4-7). Measurement for the
Ethernet switch market is provided in vendor revenue, customer value,
and port shipments. The router market is further split by product
(high-end, mid-range, low-end, SOHO), deployment (service provider,
enterprise), connectivity (core, edge), and the measurements are in
vendor revenue, customer value, and unit shipments.
For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch and
Router Tracker, please contact Kathy Nagamine (email@example.com).
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