Gigabit Ethernet market grows up, attracts more vendors

Thursday Apr 1st 1999 by Datamation.com Staff
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The infant Gigabit Ethernet market is starting to expand, and major vendors are staking their claims to market leadership.


Gigabit technology has had significant impact on both the Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switching sectors, says Cahners In-Stat's senior analyst Emmy Johnson. "In 1997 there were fewer than 10 vendors shipping Gigabit Ethernet switch ports. By year-end 1998 there were more than 20 vendors shipping Gigabit Ethernet."

1998 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 & Layer 3 switch port market shares
Total 1998 shipments: 265,500

Source: Cahners In-Stat Group
The overall LAN packet-switch market grew 117% in 1998 to 47.8 million ports with $10.2 billion in sales, according to a report from Cahners In-Stat, a division of Newton, Mass.-based Cahners Business Information. "This market for faster LANs is no longer made up primarily of newcomers and pioneers," Johnson says. While the Gigabit Ethernet segment currently represents a small percentage of the overall packet-switch market, port shipments increased 18-fold in 1998.

The leaders in the Gigabit market, according to Cahners In-Stat, are 3Com Corp., of Santa Clara, Calif., and Extreme Networks Inc., of Cupertino, Calif. In 1998, Extreme faced increased competition and lost over half of its market share--dropping from 38% in 1997 to 18% in 1998. This has pushed the vendor to the number one spot for port shipments in the L3 segment because all of Extreme's switches are L3 capable and thus reported as L3 switches.

3Com dominates in L2 port shipments with a 26% market share. Its strength in L2 has made 3Com the number one contender in the overall L2 and L3 Gigabit Ethernet market.

Nortel Networks Corp., of Brampton, Ont., is another strong player in this segment, with a 12% share of the market. Missing from the Gigabit Ethernet 1998 top-tier rankings was Cisco Systems, a late entry that finished the year in fifth place for port shipments with an 8% market share. In L2 and L3 Gigabit Ethernet sales, Extreme continues to lead with a 19% share. 3Com and Nortel Networks follow with 15% and 14% share, respectively. Three of the top six players did not ship Gigabit Ethernet ports in 1997, a phenomenon that illustrates the volatility of this market.

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The LAN packet switch market is still one of the hottest markets in the networking segment, posting a 117% growth in port shipments from 1997. This report highlights the leading vendors for port shipments and end-use sales in various switch segments. These segments include L2 and L3 combined, L2, and L3 for each of the following technologies: 10 Mbps Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI. The Ethernet and Fast Ethernet segments are further broken down into modular and fixed-configurations.

  • Report title: 1998 LAN Packet Market Share
  • Report summary (Page 1)
  • Table of contents (Page 2)
  • List of figures (Page 2)
  • List of tables (Page 3)
  • Report number: DTMLN9906SW
  • Date: April 1999
  • Pages: 43
  • Price: $2,495

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Segmentation and Definitions
    • packet Switches
  • market shares
    • 10 Mbps Ethernet
    • Fast Ethernet
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Token Ring
    • FDDI

List of Figures

  • Figure 1, "Cahners In-Stat Group’s LAN Segmentation"
  • Figure 2, "1998 packet L2 & L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 3, "1998 packet L2 & L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 4, "1998 packet L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 5, "1998 packet L2 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 6, "1998 packet L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 7, "1998 packet L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 8, "1998 Ethernet L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 9, "1998 Ethernet L2 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 10, "1998 Fast Ethernet L2 & L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 11, "1998 Fast Ethernet L2 & L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 12, "1998 Fast Ethernet L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 13, "1998 Fast Ethernet L2 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 14, "1998 Fast Ethernet L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 15, "1998 Fast Ethernet L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 16, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L2 & L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 17, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L2 & L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 18, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 19, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L2 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 20, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L3 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 21, "1998 Gigabit Ethernet L3 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 22, "1998 Token Ring L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 23, "1998 Token Ring L2 switch sales market shares"
  • Figure 24, "1998 FDDI L2 switch port market shares"
  • Figure 25, "1998 FDDI L2 switch sales market shares"


Report information

The LAN packet switch market is still one of the hottest markets in the networking segment, posting a 117% growth in port shipments from 1997. This report highlights the leading vendors for port shipments and end-use sales in various switch segments. These segments include L2 & L3 combined, L2, and L3 for each of the following technologies: 10 Mbps Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI. The Ethernet and Fast Ethernet segments are further broken down into modular and fixed-configured.

List of tables

  • Table 1, "Worldwide L2 &L3 switch market"
  • Table 2, "Worldwide total packet L2 & L3 switch port shipments by vendor"
  • Table 3, "Worldwide packet L2 & L3 switch sales by vendor"
  • Table 4, "Worldwide total packet L2 switch port shipments by vendor"
  • Table 5, "Worldwide packet L2 switch sales by vendor"
  • Table 6, "Worldwide total Packet L3 switch port shipments by vendor"
  • Table 7, "Worldwide packet L3 switch sales by vendor"
  • Table 8, "Packet L2 & L3 switch technology comparisons"
  • Table 9, "Packet L2 switch technology comparisons"
  • Table 10, "Packet L3 switch technology comparisons"
  • Table 11, "Worldwide total Ethernet L2 switch port shipments"
  • Table 12, "Worldwide total Ethernet L2 switch sales"
  • Table 13, "Worldwide fixed-configured Ethernet L2 switch port shipments
  • Table 14, "Worldwide fixed-configured Ethernet L2 switch sales
  • Table 15, "Worldwide modular Ethernet L2 switch port shipments
  • Table 16, "Worldwide modular Ethernet L2 switch sales"
  • Table 17, "Worldwide total fast Ethernet L2 & L3 switch port shipments
  • Table 18, "Worldwide total Fast Ethernet L2 & L3 switch sales
  • Table 19, "Worldwide total Fast Ethernet L2 switch port shipments"
  • Table 20, "Worldwide total Fast Ethernet L2 switch sales"
  • Table 21, "Fast Ethernet fixed-configured L2 switch port shipments
  • Table 22, "Fast Ethernet fixed-configured L2 switch sales
  • Table 23, "Fast Ethernet modular L2 switch port shipments
  • Table 24, "Fast Ethernet modular L2 switch sales
  • Table 25, "Worldwide total Fast Ethernet L3 switch port shipments
  • Table 26, "Worldwide total Fast Ethernet L3 switch sales
  • Table 27, "Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L2 & L3 switch port shipments"
  • Table 28, " Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L2 & L3 switch sales"
  • Table 29, " Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L2 switch port shipments"
  • Table 30, "Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L2 switch sales"
  • Table 31, "Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L3 switch port shipments"
  • Table 32, " Worldwide total Gigabit Ethernet L3 switch sales"
  • Table 33, " Worldwide total Token Ring L2 switch port shipments"
  • Table 34, " Worldwide total Token Ring L2 switch sales shipments"
  • Table 35, " Worldwide total FDDI L2 switch port shipments"
  • Table 36, " Worldwide total FDDI L2 switch sales"


Report information

The LAN packet switch market is still one of the hottest markets in the networking segment, posting a 117% growth in port shipments from 1997. This report highlights the leading vendors for port shipments and end-use sales in various switch segments. These segments include L2 and L3 combined, L2, and L3 for each of the following technologies: 10 Mbps Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI. The Ethernet and Fast Ethernet segments are further broken down into modular and fixed-configured.

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