Cisco Systems was a winner showing the largest gains and highest market share in the Ethernet switch space. According to this report on eWeek, the overall growth in the Ethernet switch and router space was driven by such applications as virtualization, cloud computing, and voice and video over IP (VoIP).
“Other drivers fueling the growth in Ethernet switch sales include network-based businesses and applications and network-attached devices. It also appears that the worldwide recession that hobbled the IT industry is subsiding, Mehra said.
“First-quarter global revenues in the Ethernet switch space grew 35.3 percent over the same period last year, and the Ethernet router market jumped 15.1 percent.
“The router numbers were particularly telling, given that the market had seen four consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines previously.”