This paid IDC study analyzes the key trends shaping the Ethernet switch market. This document also provides the worldwide market forecast for the Ethernet switch market in terms of revenue and ports. It segments the forecast into the following geographic segments: United States, EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and the rest of the world. Additionally, it provides a five-year forecast by form factor, speed, and layer. This study also presents the key underlying trend assumptions used in the market forecast.
"The structural causes of this recession do not change the fundamental spending drivers on networks. The growth of voice and video, network-based businesses, network-attached devices, virtualization and cloud computing, and demand for intelligent networks may pause and slow in some segments but will march on. Additionally, the outlook for 2010 is positive, given that network upgrades are ranked in the top 2 of IT priorities for 2010. As a result, revenue in Ethernet switches will reach $22.9 billion by 2014 as applications converge on the Ethernet network." Lucinda Borovick, IDC research vice president, Datacenter Networks