Dell'Oro: Vendors offering enterprises unified Wi-Fi, Ethernet equipment


Vendors are increasingly offering enterprises unified Wi-Fi and Ethernet equipment to ease deployment and management of their networks, according to research firm Dell'Oro. 

In addition, new access networks are being built by enterprises in the retail and hospitality markets, as well as by traditional enterprises deploying new buildings, fueling demand for specialized vendors serving these customers, Dell'Oro noted. Enterprise Wi-Fi growth has also outstripped campus Ethernet switching growth by over three-to-one in the enterprise edge market.

The enterprise edge market increased 6 percent in the first quarter of 2013, reaching $3.3 billion, according to Dell'Oro. The enterprise edge market includes enterprise Wi-Fi and campus Ethernet switching equipment related software.

Chris DePuy, vice president of enterprise edge research at Dell'Oro, observed that Ethernet switching vendors, such as Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Avaya, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), HP (NYSE: HPQ), and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), now supply Wi-Fi equipment to meet the enterprise move toward wireless networks. These vendors are offering unified wired and wireless devices that interoperate with their wired equipment.

At the same time, Wi-Fi vendors that traditionally supplied only Wi-Fi equipment are introducing Ethernet switching devices. The clash of these two market strategies will make for "interesting times ahead," DePuy opined.

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