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Need for speed drives growth in Ethernet market

Growth in Ethernet switching continues, with worldwide revenue up 9 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, reaching a total of $5.6 billion, according to the IHS Infonetics Ethernet Switches report.

“A rebound in North America and China, coupled with strong uptake of 40GE solutions in data center environments, drove Ethernet switch revenue in the second quarter,” said Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks and video at IHS.

“We did see muted demand for white box switch solutions, as web-scale data center operators await the release of 25/100GE solutions later this year, and once these become available, we expect the white box segment to become a key growth driver again,” Machowinski said.

Report highlights:
– At the expense of 10GE, 40GE port shipments rose 132 per cent in Q2 2015 from the year-ago quarter.
– From a regional perspective, North America was the key growth driver in Q2 2015, gaining 14 per cent sequentially.
– Cisco’s market share, which has come under attack over the past few years, is once again rising, up almost 1 point year-over-year in Q2 2015, to 59 per cent of revenue.
– Huawei roared into the #3 spot for global Ethernet switch market share in Q2 2015, taking share in China, its home market, and expanding in EMEA, where it is picking up business in Russia and Africa.

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