Gartner Research

Forecast Overview: Enterprise Network Equipment, Worldwide, 2017 Update

Published: 31 January 2017

ID: G00318571

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


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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