Cisco retains lead in enterprise infrastructure technology market

Enterprise infrastructure spending 2017Cisco Systems has retained its dominant position as the top enterprise infrastructure technology vendor in 2017, according to Synergy Research Group.

Total vendor revenue of six key enterprise infrastructure segments in the last four quarters rose by nearly 3 percent to $113 billion, with revenue in each of the last twelve quarters typically in the $26-29 billion range.

Data center servers, which are the largest segment of the enterprise infrastructure market, posted 1 percent drop in revenue in 2017.

Switches and routers, the second-largest segment in the global enterprise infrastructure market, achieved 4 percent growth in 2017.

Hosted and cloud collaboration grew the most while on-premise collaboration continued to be challenged by aggressive price competition and market disruption.

Cisco is the market leader in four of the six segments of global enterprise infrastructure market. Cisco is in the second position in the hosted and cloud collaboration.

Cisco has fifth rank in data center servers market.

Cisco’s market share in aggregate across the six segments over the last four quarters was 26 percent, down a percentage point from the preceding four quarters.

HPE is the second ranked enterprise vendor with 11 percent market share across the six segments. It is the leader in data center servers, the number two ranked vendor in WLAN and ranked third in switches & routers.

Microsoft is the leader in the global hosted and cloud collaboration market – well ahead of Cisco and HPE.

Dell EMC is the number two ranked vendor in enterprise data center servers.

Huawei is the number two ranked vendor in the global switches and routers market.

Microsoft is the number two vendor in on-premise collaboration market.

Check Point is the top vendor in network security market.

“Despite a burgeoning public cloud market, enterprise IT infrastructure spending was still on the rise in 2017 and will be for the next five years,” said Synergy Research Group’s founder and Chief Analyst Jeremy Duke.

Jeremy Duke said the focus of that spending is changing, however, with a growing emphasis on hosted solutions, subscription-based business models and emerging technologies. Those changes will continue to present challenges for incumbent tech vendors and opportunities for new market entrants.

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