Gartner Research

Market Definitions and Methodology Guide: Enterprise Network Equipment

Published: 23 July 2014

ID: G00263423

Analyst(s): Christian Canales , Joe Skorupa , Naresh Singh , Erica Gadjuli, Severine Real


The research methodologies, segmentation, definitions and metrics used for our 2014 forecast and market share statistics are detailed and updated in this report.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know



  • Definition of "Enterprise"
    • How We Classify Network Equipment Deployed, Bought and Resold by Communications Service Providers
    • How We Classify Consumer-Class Network Equipment Used by Small Businesses
    • Where Specific CSP Market Statistics Can Be Found
  • Market Share and Market Sizing Methodology
  • Forecast Methodology
    • Forecast Methodology Overview


  • Exchange Rates
    • Current-Dollar and Constant-Dollar Reporting

High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • Enterprise LAN Equipment Definitions
    • Ethernet
    • Enterprise Ethernet Switches
    • Ethernet Switch Bandwidth Segments
    • Data Center Enterprise Ethernet Switches
    • Data Center Ethernet Switch Configurations
    • Data Center Ethernet Switch Bandwidths
  • WLAN Definitions
    • WLAN Segmentation
  • Enterprise WAN Equipment Definitions
    • Traditional Enterprise Routers
    • Network Security Equipment
    • Application Acceleration Equipment
  • Geography
    • Rest of Asia/Pacific
    • Rest of Eastern Europe
    • Rest of Latin America
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa
    • Rest of Western Europe
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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