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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS - North America Sees Strong Rebound in Ethernet Switch Market

December 07, 2015

Matthias Machowinski Matthias Machowinski Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
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Worldwide Ethernet switch revenue grew 5 percent sequentially in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), to $5.8 billion, thanks to continuing strong demand in North America, improvements in China and demand for 40GE solutions in data centers. 


  • 40GE port shipments jumped 23 percent sequentially in 3Q15, reaching 1.3 million ports
  • North America has experienced a strong rebound in Ethernet switch growth and is the top-performing region in 3Q15, up 8 percent year-over-year
  • Web-managed and fully-managed fixed switches continue to be the best-performing segments as buyers look for advanced capabilities to accommodate increasing demands placed on networks
  • Though up strongly year-over-year, 100G ports grew only 14 percent sequentially and are in a bit of a holding pattern as buyers await QSFP-based solutions coming out in 4Q15
  • White box growth has eased as web-scale data center operators await the release of 25/100GE solutions based on Broadcom’s Tomahawk chipset at the end of 2015
  • #1 Cisco gained almost 2 points in revenue share in 3Q15 from 2Q15


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The quarterly IHS Infonetics Ethernet Switches report tracks unmanaged, web-managed and fully-managed fixed and chassis switches by port speed (100ME, 1GE, 2.5GE, 10GE, 25GE, 40GE, 100GE). It provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends. Vendors tracked: Adtran, Alaxala, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Extreme, Hitachi Metals, HP, Huawei, Juniper, Lenovo, Netgear, Ruby Tech, TP‑Link, ZTE, others. This report is part of the IHS Enterprise Networks Intelligence Service.

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