Ethernet switch, router markets grow modestly in Q2

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The preliminary 2Q12 results also showed strong Ethernet switch market growth in Latin America, which increased 17 percent year-over-year, and in Asia-Pacific, up 15.4 percent. North America increased 5.9 percent year over year in 2Q12 and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region grew 5.2 percent year-over-year, a surprisingly strong performance given the difficult macroeconomic conditions in Europe. “Building on the momentum from the previous quarter, the positive 2Q12 performance in the Ethernet switch market shows that the network continues to play a pivotal role in IT infrastructure rollouts,” said Rohit Mehra, director for enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC. “10GbE along with the emerging 40GbE Ethernet switch segments are leading the market to higher levels, clearly proving the point that growth in applications, virtualization, and mobility has to be looked at in conjunction with the underlying wired infrastructure in datacenters and campus deployments.” Highlights from the report included the following:

? 10GbE switch revenue increased 22.9 percent year over year and 10GbE port shipments grew to a record 3.0 million ports in the quarter and continue to drive the overall market growth.

? The Layer 4-7 switching market in 2Q12 grew 11.2 percent year over year to reach $376.1 million, although this was down 5.6 percent over the previous quarter.

? The 2Q12 worldwide router market increased 0.6 percent year over year. Regionally, the strong 16.8 percent growth in Latin America, and the 10.5 percent increase in Asia/Pacific were offset by a 0.4 percent decline in North America and a 10.6 percent decrease in EMEA in 2Q12, on a year over year basis.

? From a vendor perspective, Cisco’s Ethernet switch market share in 2Q12 came in at 62.1 percent reflecting a small year-over-year decrease from 62.6 percent in 2Q11. Cisco’s market share in the fast growing 10GbE market segment stands at 66.8 percent in 2Q12.

“Even the Gigabit Ethernet segment showed strength in 2Q12 with over 55 million ports shipped in the quarter, and market revenues growing 6.5 percent from the previous quarter,” said Petr Jirovsk?, senior research analyst in IDC. “The overall market drivers, such as proliferation of video traffic on the network, are mitigating to a large extent the increased macroeconomic uncertainty and weakness in the public sector in many regions.”]]>

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