How suppliers performed in switch and router markets

IDC chart on top 5 switch companies Q4 2017
The latest IDC report has revealed the global size of the Ethernet switch and router markets in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Router market

Enterprise and service provider (SP) router market revenue was $4 billion (+2.4 percent) in Q4 and $15.2 billion (+4 percent) in 2017. IDC said larger service provider segment of the router market rose 1.4 percent and the enterprise portion grew at 5.3 percent.

Cisco’s service provider and enterprise router revenue decreased 10.5 percent. Its share fell to 36.7 percent from 42 percent. Cisco’s combined router revenues fell 5.8 percent to $6.2 billion in 2017.

Huawei’s enterprise and SP router revenue increased 53.9 percent for 28.2 percent share in Q4 and achieved $3.6 billion revenue (+40.3 percent) for a market share of 23.8 percent in 2017.

Juniper’s service provider router revenues declined 21.8 percent for 18 percent market share against 20.2 percent in 2016.

Ethernet switch market

Ethernet switch market revenue was $6.9 billion (+3.2 percent) in Q4 and $25.7 billion (+5.4 percent) in 2017.

“The Ethernet switching market continues to rapidly mature with customers quickly moving to higher 100GbE speeds, especially in datacenter deployments,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC.

Growth in 100Gb Ethernet switch was due to adoption by hyperscale cloud providers and large enterprises. 100Gb shipments reached more than 1.3 million ports and $661 million in revenue in Q4. 100Gb now accounts for 9.6 percent of total market revenue, up from 4.8 percent in the same quarter a year ago.

1Gb port shipments rose 5.4 percent to 112.6 million in Q4 driven by demand from enterprise campus and branch deployments.

Cisco faced 1.4 percent drop in Ethernet switching and reached market share of 53 percent. Cisco switching revenues rose 1.5 percent. Cisco market share dipped to 54.9 percent from 57 percent in 2016.

Huawei’s Ethernet switch revenue grew 8.1 percent for a market share of 10.3 percent in Q4 and rose 24.5 percent for 8.3 percent market share in 2017.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)’s Ethernet switch revenue up 21.8 for share of 5.9 percent in Q4.

Arista Networks’s Ethernet switching revenue rose 40.9 percent for a market share of 5.9 percent in Q4 and grew 44.5 percent for a share of 5.6 percent in 2017.

Juniper’s Ethernet switch revenues declined 7 percent in Q4 and rose 12.9 percent in 2017.

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