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Ethernet switch sales increases by 6% in 2Q11, Infonetics

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Ethernet switch sales has increased by six per cent during the second quarter 2011 to $4.4 billion worldwide however there is a decline in the year over year growth by three per cent, revealed a report conducted by Infonetics Research firm. There is a huge competition between Cisco and HP, said the report. Enterprise router sales has also grown by 6% sequentially in 2Q11, to $843 million worldwide; unit shipments grew by 11%.

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"Ethernet switch buyers are in the driver's seat right now, as vendors are fiercely competing for their business. While the battle is mostly playing out between Cisco and HP, other vendors are caught in the crossfire, with declining ASPs being one side effect. In the switch market, we expect this to result in stagnating revenue despite robust demand in 2011," pointed out Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Ethernet Switch Market Highlights

* Ethernet switch port shipments are up both sequentially (+8%) and year-over-year (+11%) in 2Q11, reflecting ASP declines due to heavy competition

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* The 10G segment grew the most, up 19% quarter-over-quarter and 58% year-over-year

* Market leaders Cisco and HP had steady revenue market share from 1Q11 to 2Q11, but Cisco's share is down more than 3 points from a year ago, while HP is up by over 2 points

* Juniper, Enterasys, and Extreme outpaced the overall Ethernet switch market with double-digit revenue growth and small gains in revenue share this quarter

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* Ethernet switch port shipments are up in all major world regions year-over-year, indicating widespread demand for networking products

Enterprise Router Market Highlights

* North America was the top performer in the enterprise router market in 2Q11, lifted by the retail vertical

* High-end routers continue to be a bright spot as buyers invest in the network core to deal with rising traffic

* Vendors with sequential increases in global enterprise router revenue in 2Q11 include Cisco (up 3%), HP (up 26%), Juniper (up 14%), and OneAccess (up 40%)

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