MANHASSET, N.Y. Cisco continues to dominate the switch market, with a 44% revenue and 44% port market share in the Layer 4 (L4) to Layer 7 (L7) switch-load balancer without SSL market, and a 66% revenue and 34% port market share in the Layer 2 (L2) to Layer 3 (L3) Ethernet switch market, according to two new reports from Infonetics Research.
The reports also found that the worldwide L4 to L7 switch-load balancer market gained 13% in revenue between the second and third quarters, after a 5% decline between the first and second quarters of this year, and that worldwide L2 through L3 Ethernet switch port shipments increased 15% and revenue increased 6% to $3.8 billion between the second and third quarters.
The service found that Cisco remains dominant in the L4 to L7 switch-load balancer without SSL market with a 44% revenue market share and 44% port market share. F5 is the worldwide leader in the L4 to L7 switch-load balancer with SSL market, with 49% revenue and 51% port market share, but is facing strong competition from Cisco and Nortel, the service added.
In the L2 to L3 Ethernet switch market, fixed switches represent just under half of all switch revenue, and chassis switches represent just over half; in 2003, the split was 40% to 60% but by 2007 will be 50% to 50%, the service claimed.