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Ethernet Switches Rise on Virtualization, Cloud

The biggest trends reshaping the enterprise computing industry have been kind to the Ethernet market, according to market researcher IDC. The firm reported that second-quarter sales of Ethernet switches spiked 32.7 percent over the year-earlier period. Ethernet routers jumped 11 percent in the same period.

IDC identifies the continued uptake of virtualization and cloud computing as the key drivers of the thriving Ethernet market. Enterprise Networking Planet takes a look.


The growth of virtualization, cloud, VoIP and video over IP have been the leading drivers in a strong second quarter for Ethernet switching and Ethernet routing markets worldwide, according to a new report by industry researcher IDC.

In its Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker, IDC noted that Ethernet switching had experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 32.7 percent in the second quarter of 2010, while Ethernet routing was up 11 percent year-over-year.

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IDC: Virtualization, Cloud Drive 2Q Ethernet Switching Growth