The global Ethernet switch market increased 6 percent to $5.4 billion in Q2 2014, said Infonetics Research.
Cisco, the #1 Ethernet switching vendor, a number of smaller players including Arista, Brocade, HP, Huawei, Juniper, and ZTE have contributed to the growth.
The report said 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 sequential growth, while unmanaged and chassis switches declined.
100G ports grew over 50 percent sequentially with 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.
“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,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.