Cisco's dominance continues

Still owns 56% of aggregate switching and routing market; nearest rivals have single digit shares

To the surprise of perhaps no one, maintained its dominant leadership share of enterprise and service provider switching and routing in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Synergy Research. Cisco’s share was 56% of both the aggregate $11 billion market in Q4, and the $41 billion market for all of 2015.

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Its share remained flat from 2014, when the aggregate market was $39.8 billion, Synergy found.

“So despite challenges due to competitors, industry consolidation, increasing impact of SDN/NFV and a raft of economic and geo-political issues, Cisco maintains its stranglehold on a huge market which continues to grow,” a Synergy spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.

The firm also found that switching and routing still accounts for 45% of Cisco’s total revenue, a figure that has virtually stayed constant over the last twelve quarters.

Cisco is followed by Juniper, HPE, Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent. Each had an overall switching and router market share of 6-8% in Q4, Synergy found, and a “long tail” of other vendors had an overall share of 2% or less.

Cisco had revenues about seven times the size of its nearest rival, according to Synergy. HPE is the only other vendor with a double-digit market share in enterprise.

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