Cisco, Huawei maintain Ethernet market share, while Juniper slips

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IDC said that the worldwide total enterprise and service provider router market recorded $3.91 billion in revenue in the third quarter.

Cisco and Huawei continue to see their share of the $6.75 billion worldwide Ethernet switching market grow, a trend that IDC said continued into the third quarter.

As of the end of the third quarter, Cisco saw its Ethernet switching share rise 6.8% and market share jump to 56.7%, up sequentially from its 54.7% share in the second quarter but slightly down from 57.0% in the same period a year ago.

The research firm noted that Cisco continued to hold a commanding spot in the hotly contested 10 GbE segment with 53.3% in the third-quarter, up from 51.6% in the previous quarter.

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Cisco also saw its combined service provider and enterprise router revenue increase 3.0% on an annual basis, while its market share came in at 41.4% in 3Q17, up from 40.8% in 2Q17, but down from 44.0% in 3Q16.

Not far behind Cisco was Huawei, which IDC said continued to perform well in both the Ethernet switch and the router markets on an annual basis. Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue grew 14.1% year over year in the third quarter of 2017 for a market share of 7.7%, up from 7.2% in 3Q16.

Huawei's enterprise and service provider router revenue rose 44.0% over the same period to finish with 21.9% of the total router market in the third quarter compared to 16.6% in the third quarter of 2016.

Alternatively, Juniper's Ethernet switching share dropped 4.2% year over year in the period, bringing its market share to 3.2% versus 3.5% in the same period a year ago. Juniper also saw a 5.6% year over year decrease in combined service provider and enterprise router revenues, with market share of 15.0% compared to 17.3% in the third quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile, HPE and Arista saw some gains during the period.

HPE’s Ethernet switch revenue increased 7.5% year over year in the third quarter and its market share stands at 5.5%, down from 5.6% in the second quarter but flat on an annual basis.

Arista Networks performed well in the third quarter with its Ethernet switching revenue rising 49.6% year over year and earning a market share of 5.6%, up from 4% in the third quarter of 2016.

IDC said that the worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market recorded $3.91 billion in revenue in the third quarter, increasing 9.4% on a year-on-year basis. Worldwide total enterprise and SP router market recorded $3.91 billion in revenue in the third quarter, increasing strong 9.4% on a year-on-year basis.

"Strong application-related infrastructure and services requirements at the edge and core are continuing to complement significant cloud buildouts, keeping the demand side humming for network infrastructure," said Rohit Mehra, VP of network infrastructure at IDC, in a release. "In parallel, connecting the edge to the core and cloud requires upgrades to WAN connectivity for which we continue to see increasing demand across enterprises as well as service providers, leveraging the architectural disruptions from areas like SD-WAN and mobile backhaul."