Cisco, Aruba, Ruckus leaders in enterprise Wi-Fi market, says IDC
Cisco, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless are leaders in the enterprise Wi-Fi market according to IDC's latest MarketScape report.
Vendors that fall in the major players category include ADTRAN, HP Networking and Juniper Networks, to name a few.
IDC ranks vendors based on their current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future. The study examines the enterprise Wi-Fi market "through the lens" of indoor Wi-Fi infrastructure "with an emphasis on the ability to accommodate mobility and 'bring your own device' policies within the enterprise along with various deployment architectures," IDC explained.
The research firm said that enterprise Wi-Fi vendor revenue has been growing 20 percent annually over the last few years.
"The vendors serving the enterprise WLAN market have collectively raised the bar for what a complete WLAN solution will provide. With the advent of the 802.11ac standard, increased availability of cloud-based and other alternative delivery models, and greater integration with other areas of enterprise IT, this market has become more nuanced and competitive, providing buyers with a wide range of viable solutions," said Rohit Mehra, research vice president of network infrastructure at IDC.
According to the latest stats from IDC, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) tops the enterprise Wi-Fi market with 53.7 percent of the market revenue, followed by Aruba (NASDAQ: ARUN) in second with 11 percent, HP (NYSE: HPQ) in third with 6 percent and Ruckus (NYSE: RKUS) a close fourth with a 5.5 percent market share. IDC calculated that the enterprise Wi-Fi market increased 14.8 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2013.
Infonetics Research agrees with IDC that Cisco and Aruba lead the enterprise Wi-Fi market in terms of revenue. Overall, the enterprise Wi-Fi equipment market had a strong second quarter, increasing 12 percent sequentially to $1.12 billion, according to Infonetics stats.
Infonetics and IDC use the more generic term wireless local area network to refer to Wi-Fi. Since virtually all WLAN equipment deployed by enterprises complies with the Wi-Fi standards, FierceMobileIT uses the more specific term Wi-Fi.