BOSTON, USA: Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2nd quarter (2Q14) Ethernet Switches report, which tracks unmanaged, web-managed, and fully-managed fixed and chassis switches by port speed (100M, 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G).
"The Ethernet switching market recovered in the second quarter of 2014 after a slow first quarter, but revenue growth remains challenged as vendors compete aggressively against each other, white-label solutions gain greater traction, and large data center operators negotiate more favorable terms," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.
"So while overall switching demand remains healthy, revenue is growing at only half the rate of port shipments."
Ethernet switch market highlights
* The global Ethernet switch market grew 11 percent to $5.4 billion in 2Q14, a result of better than anticipated results at #1 Cisco and strong results by a number of smaller players including Arista, Brocade, HP, Huawei, Juniper, and ZTE
* Year-over-year growth accelerated from 2 percent in 1Q14 to 6 percent in 2Q14.
* Switching growth was well balanced across small- and medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise accounts, and the public sector is showing signs of stabilization.
* Web-managed and fully-managed fixed switches posted strong growth from 2Q13 to 2Q14, while unmanaged and chassis switches declined.
* 100G ports grew over 50 percent sequentially in 2Q14, and over 3,000 ports were sold; 100G on fixed switches will start shipping in 3Q14, which is expected to sustain current market growth rates.
* Asia Pacific is the key growth region for Ethernet switches right now, but not all countries are faring equally: China is delivering very strong growth and the rest of APAC is accelerating, while Japan is trending flat to slightly down.