Quarterly share of the Ethernet switch market worldwide, from 2011 to 2016, by vendor

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This statistic illustrates the global market share held by major Ethernet switch vendors from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the latest quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Arista had a global market share of 3.36 percent.

Ethernet switch vendors – additional information

Ethernet switches are an integral piece of information technology (IT) infrastructure, capable of receiving, processing, and transmitting data between two devices connected by a physical layer. At their most basic, switches are able to forward data selectively to one or more connected devices on the same network. In this way, Ethernet switches can control the flow of traffic passing through a network, maximizing the network's efficiency and security. More advanced Ethernet switches, called managed switches, are also capable of providing additional functions, such as network load balancing, address translation, or data encryption and decryption.

Within the Ethernet switch industry, Cisco remains the dominant vendor worldwide, controlling just under two-thirds of the market. From the sale of Ethernet switches, Cisco generated revenues of approximately 14 billion U.S. dollars. This represented a significant portion of the company's revenue. That same year, (271853) Cisco generated overall revenues of 47 billion U.S. dollars. Among the smaller vendors, Huawei, Juniper, and Arista have all managed to make market share gains in recent years, but HP remains comfortably in second place. For the future, analysts have cautioned that the market may suffer in 2016 with spending on IT infrastructure predicted to decrease and an increase of cloud infrastructure investment seeing enterprises shift away from traditional IT infrastructure spending.

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