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Ethernet switching shipments gain ground slowly but surely

Posted: 22 Nov 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The worldwide Ethernet switching industry has experienced an increase in shipments during Q3 of 2002 compared with that of the same period last year, according to preliminary results from Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc. This growth however did not come easily, the market research firm explained.

Dataquest reported that worldwide Ethernet revenue totaled $2.9 billion in Q3 of 2002, a 1.3 percent increase from the same period last year. Worldwide Ethernet port shipments on the other hand, reached 39.5 million units, a 21.7 percent increase from Q3 of 2001.

Cisco is stated to have maintained dominating the market with 72.9 percent of worldwide Ethernet switching revenue and 41 percent of port shipments. 3Com moved into the No. 2 position based on revenue, up from the No. 5 position in Q3 of last year. Several vendors, such as Cisco, 3Com, and Hewlett-Packard, have introduced fixed configuration Layer 3 switches with gigabit ports.

Layer 3 switches represented 13 percent of the total Ethernet switches port shipments, and accounted for 48 percent of manufacturer revenue, Dataquest further reported. The Q3 of 2002 was the first complete quarter of 10Gb port shipments. The research firm estimated that this segment accounted for $13 million in manufacturer revenue.

"Layer 3 switches are primarily targeted at the aggregation layer of the midsize and large enterprises," said Rachna Ahlawat, senior analyst for Dataquest's Enterprise Networking and Communications Worldwide group. "The switches are competitively priced in comparison to the Layer 2 switches. They are becoming increasingly popular among enterprises looking for a cost-effective solution with a limited budget, and yet protect their investment for deploying newer applications such as video and Internet Protocol telephony."

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