Gartner Research

Forecast Overview: Enterprise Network Equipment, Worldwide, 2014

Published: 31 October 2014

ID: G00265255

Analyst(s): Evan Zeng , Naresh Singh , Joe Skorupa , Christian Canales


While enterprise networks are critical infrastructure, product differentiation continues to shrink, leading to more price-based competition. Lower ASPs and margins in multiple segments will be further pressed by competition from low-cost suppliers, new business models and alternative architectures.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Rapidly Changing Vendor Landscape
  • An Increasingly Commoditized Market
  • More-Distributed Hybrid WAN
  • Increasingly Virtualized Network Services

Foundational Assumptions

  • Addressable Market
  • Technology/Market Transitions
  • Application Requirements
  • Strategic IT Initiatives
  • Life Cycles
  • Business Models
  • Cost Structure

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Vendor Revenue/End-User Spending
    • Enterprise LAN Equipment and Enterprise WAN Equipment
    • Unit/Port Shipments
  • Industry Influencing Factors
    • Addressable Market
    • Application Requirement
    • IT Budgets
    • Strategic IT Initiatives
    • User Adoption and Preference
    • Network Installed Base
    • Life Cycles
    • Technology/Market Transitions
    • Cost Structure
    • Business Models
    • Software and IT Services forecast
    • Go to Market
    • Competitive Environment
    • Capital and R&D Investment
    • Technology Road Map
    • Regulatory and Compliance
    • Inventory Situation
  • Macro Influencing Factors
    • GDP Forecasts
    • Business Confidence
    • Inflation
    • Geopolitical and Social
  • Connections
    • Addressable Market > Network Installed Base and User Adoption/Preference > Network Installed Base
    • Life Cycle > Network Installed Base > Cost Structure > Unit/Port Shipment Forecast
    • Current Market Data > Unit/Port Shipment Forecast
    • Macro Economic Factors > IT Budgets, Strategic IT Initiatives and User Adoption/preference
    • Competitive Environment > Capital and R&D Investment > Technology Road Map > Go to Market > Cost Structure
    • Technology/Market Transitions > Business Models > Cost Structure

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