Enterprise infrastructure spend: UC and WLAN hot, telepresence and voice not


Enterprise spend on infrastructure has gone up by a moderate amount, but with major variances by segment, according to the latest study from Synergy Research.

The report, which examines enterprise spend on data centre servers, Ethernet switches, voice, WLAN, unified comms apps, routers and telepresence, showed vendor revenues over the past four quarters grew by 2.3% annually. The two largest segments remain data centre servers, which grew at 2%, around the average growth rate, and Ethernet switches, which grew around 4%. Big risers were WLAN and unified comms – a report on which was released earlier this week – while telepresence and enterprise voice continue to struggle.

Of the seven industry segments, Cisco leads in six, with the exception being data centre servers. HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) is the nearest rival to Cisco, leading in data centre servers and ranked second in Ethernet switching, routers, and enterprise WLAN, following the acquisition of Aruba Networks last year.

“Cisco remains in a league of its own,” said Jeremy Duke, Synergy Research Group founder and chief analyst. “Across these hardware-oriented product areas HPE is the only broad-based challenger to Cisco’s dominance, and it has been steadily increasing its share of the market.

“However, what we are now seeing is the strong growth of cloud, hosted and collaborative software solutions, which is introducing competition from non-traditional areas and causing market boundaries to blur,” he added.

These figures show the traditional enterprise technology bedrocks are experiencing steady, if not huge growth. The research on the unified communications market found a continued blurring between standalone applications – video conferencing and web conferencing SaaS from the likes of Cisco, Citrix and Microsoft – and business suites, from companies such as RingCentral, Vonage, and ShoreTel.


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