Wi-Fi, Ethernet switching drive enterprise edge market to $3.8B in 3rd quarter, says Dell'Oro

Cisco, HP were the largest revenue gainers in the enterprise edge market
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Upgrades to the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and convergence between Wi-Fi and switching are prompting vendors of enterprise Wi-Fi and campus Ethernet to readjust product lines and pricing strategies, according to research firm Dell'Oro Group.

Overall, Wi-Fi and Ethernet switching drove the enterprise edge market to $3.8 billion in the third quarter, up 14 percent from the year ago quarter, according to a new report from Dell'Oro.

"We see evidence that 802.11ac pricing is relatively closer to 802.11n than the 802.11n to 802.11a/g price premium that occurred during the last major upgrade cycle. In addition, several network equipment vendors have launched or plan to launch converged Ethernet switch products that incorporate wireless controller capabilities in an attempt to both simplify network operations and increase the likelihood of customer loyalty," comments Chris DePuy, vice president of enterprise edge research at Dell'Oro Group.

"We also see that the introduction of converged products and the new wireless upgrade has caused an acceleration in the enterprise edge market," DePuy adds.

Top vendors tracked by Dell'Oro in the enterprise edge market are Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba Networks, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Enterasys, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless. Cisco and HP are the largest revenue gainers on a sequential basis in the enterprise edge market for the third quarter.

In an earlier report, Dell'Oro predicts that the Wi-Fi market revenues would reach $12 billion in 2017, a 57 percent increase over 2012 revenues.

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