Our Ethernet Switch Deployment Location Report provides an in-depth analysis of the Ethernet Switch market, covering the four largest sub-segments of Data Center, Enterprise, Small and Medium Businesses (SMB), and service providers (SP), to better understand the fundamental drivers behind a market that now exceeds $23B a year. This is our fourth installment of this research report in which we evaluate vendor performance and market evolution.

As the Ethernet Switch market expanded from $11B in 2003 to $19B in 2008, it grew fairly evenly across all segments.  However, since 2010, when the market recovered from the global downturn, most of the growth in switch revenue has been in the data center.

The shift from even growth across the board to a single segment driving the Ethernet Switch market is affecting vendors in two ways.  First, vendors that currently have more exposure in the data center will likely increase their shares as the overall market becomes more data-center focused; and second, vendor share will be affected by ever-disparate requirements. Disparate requirements will force many vendors to specialize in certain segments or to partner with other vendors to offer customers complete portfolios. Despite projected market growth, we believe the addressable market for many vendors will actually decline, as most vendors will not be able to compete in all areas of the market with the same effectiveness as in the past.

The Report answers such questions as:

  • How big are the Data Center and Enterprise markets for Ethernet switches?
  • How are the vendors performing in each segment?
  • How are customers deploying speeds differently in each segment?

The Report includes a 5-year forecast on Ethernet switch port speeds (100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 25 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 50 Gbps, and 100 Gbps), revenue, port shipments and average selling price for each segment plus 5 years of historic equipment manufacturer share.