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Forecast Overview: Enterprise Network Equipment, Worldwide, 2017 Update

Published: 31 January 2017

ID: G00318571

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

Summary

Increased cloud adoption and alternative network solutions such as commodity equipment virtual network services and open source indicate the industry must continue innovating and changing to continue on a growth path. Software and services will be critical to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Shift to Cloud
  • Shifting Vendor Landscapes
  • Commoditized, Yet Relatively, Attractive Market
  • Impact of Cloud on the WAN
  • Growing Virtualization of Network Services

Foundational Assumptions

  • Industry Influencing Factors
    • Addressable User/Devices
    • Application Requirement
    • User Adoption and Preferences
    • Replacement Cycle
    • Technology/Market Transitions
    • Cost Structure
    • Go-to-Market
    • Supply Chain
    • Competitive Environment
  • Macroeconomic Factors
    • GDP Growth — Worldwide and Regional
    • Employment Rate and Firm Demographics
    • Inflation/Foreign Exchange

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Enterprise LAN Equipment and Enterprise WAN Equipment
    • Vendor Revenue/End-User Spending
    • Unit/Port Shipments
  • Industry Influencing Factors
    • Addressable User/Device
    • Application Requirement
    • IT/Network Budget
    • User Preferences
    • Refresh Cycle
    • Technology/Market Transitions
    • Cost Structure
    • Go-to-Market
    • Competitive Environment
    • Supply Chain
  • Macro Influencing Factors
    • GDP Forecasts
    • Inflation and Foreign Exchange
    • Geopolitical Scenario
  • Connections
    • Addressable Market > User Adoption/Preference > Network Installed Base > Unit/Port Shipment Forecast
    • Life Cycle > Network Installed Base > Cost Structure > Unit/Port Shipment Forecast
    • Macroeconomic Factors > IT Budgets and User Adoption/Preference
    • Competitive Environment > Go-to-Market > Cost Structure
    • Technology/Market Transitions > User Adoption/Preference > Cost Structure

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