Cisco tops EMEA enterprise networking market

Cisco retained its lead in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) enterprise router, switch and security markets during the third quarter of 2005, according to data just released by UK-based research house Canalys.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  January 23, 2006

Cisco retained its lead in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) enterprise router, switch and security markets during the third quarter of 2005, according to data just released by research house Canalys. Cisco boosted its enterprise router sales in EMEA 54.9% year-on-year for the third quarter of 2005, pushing the value of its shipments to US$612m — just under three quarters of the total market, which was worth US$837m. The overall market value soared 76.3% year-on-year to US$837m with strong investment from service providers. Second placed Juniper continued to nibble away at Cisco’s market share in the EMEA enterprise router space, more than doubling its sales year-on-year to claim 17.7% market share in the third quarter of 2005. 3Com also made solid headway, posting sales more than 13 times greater than the previous year, albeit from a very low starting point. Despite this massive percentage sales hike, 3Com’s market share still only stood at 1.6% according to Canalys. “3Com is starting to reap the benefits of the Huawei-3Com joint venture, in which it recently opted to acquire a majority stake,” said Andy Buss, senior analyst at Canalys. “Mid-range and high-end routers sourced from this recent venture are contributing a large amount to the growth of 3Com in the router space.” In the switching market, HP ProCurve enjoyed a solid third quarter in 2005, thanks in part to move to intelligent Layer 3 switching. “HP ProCurve had an outstanding quarter in EMEA,” added Buss. “With recent product introductions, such as the high-end 8100fl Interconnect fabric switch, it has developed the portfolio required to present a challenge as an end-to-end enterprise switch vendor.” In total, shipments of enterprise switch products climbed 38.6% year-on-year to US$1.53 billion. Despite ProCurve’s strong showing, Cisco maintained top spot in the enterprise switching market, grabbing 60.3% market share in EMEA but its year-on-year growth rate was below the overall market average. The enterprise security market climbed 22.6% in EMEA for the third quarter of 2005, reaching a value of US$637m. Once again, Cisco held on to top spot, boosting sales 14.3% year-on-year to US$120m — 18.8% of the total market. “Cisco has benefited from strong demand for the recently introduced adaptive security appliance range,” said Canalys’ analyst Rachel Power. “Now that this has been available for some time and resellers have a greater understanding of its capabilities and positioning, it has generated significant business for Cisco without cutting into revenue from other product ranges, such as the PIX firewall range.” Second-placed Symantec maintained its momentum, cruising through what is typically a difficult post-merger period. “Symantec recently closed the acquisition of Veritas, but has kept an eye on execution despite the added burden of integrating the two companies,” added Power.

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