June 11, 2013
There is a battle between wireless LAN and wired Ethernet in ‘wiring closets.’ Unified wired / wireless devices from a handful of vendors are entering the market now to address this convergence. But, not all vendors are pursuing the same path.
We are rolling out a new quarterly report that covers the Enterprise Edge devices market. This publication reports on a combination of Enterprise-class Wireless LAN devices, Ethernet Campus Switches and Network Access Management Software. Vendors such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Aruba, Ruckus Wireless, Motorola Solutions, Enterasys, Meru, Xirrus and Aerohive are among those covered in the report and its corresponding market share tables.
Vendors with large installed bases of Ethernet switches are launching devices that combine features of the wireless controller and the Ethernet switch to ease their customers’ transition from a campus environment that currently manages a separate wireless and wired infrastructure, towards one that can manage both.
On the other hand, many new opportunities are emerging as new facilities are built and as new uses for wireless LAN emerge that are enabling still other vendors to hit the scene with purpose-built devices that pinpoint the needs of these fast-growing ‘greenfield’ opportunities.
To address this change in the market, we are now publishing a quarterly breakout of campus-class Ethernet Switches, as well as Enterprise-class WLAN Access Points and Controllers and Network Access Management Software. In addition, some vendors are merging the functions of switching and wireless into the same devices – these are also included in our coverage. We report on revenue and ‘Active Connections,’ a metric derived from unit shipments of the hardware devices that enable a comparison of wireless and wired shipments, and pricing.
We will continue to report on WLAN and Ethernet markets in separate reports. The Enterprise Edge report provides a combined view of only the portions of the WLAN market and Ethernet markets that pertain to the edge of enterprise networks.