This paid research report by IDC covers this section of the switch market and provides a forecast through 2014. It encompasses vendors such as Cisco, Extreme, F5, Citrix, Juniper and Nortel.
“This IDC study analyzes the key trends shaping the datacenter Layer 4–7 switch market. This document also provides the worldwide market forecast for the datacenter Layer 4–7 switch market in terms of revenue. It segments the forecast into the following geographic segments: North America, EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America. This study also presents the key underlying trend assumptions used in the market forecast. “IDC anticipates that 2010 will be a transition year for datacenter Layer 4–7 switching, with the market downturn, and increasing trust of virtual servers customers will begin to evaluate virtual form factors to meet datacenter resiliency requirements.” — Lucinda Borovick, IDC research vice president, Datacenter Networks