Gartner Research

Market Definitions and Methodology Guide: Enterprise Network Equipment

Published: 19 May 2017

ID: G00324806

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


The research methodologies, segmentation, definitions and metrics used for our 2017 forecast and market share statistics are detailed and updated in this report.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


Notable Changes


  • 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
  • Market Share and Market Sizing Methodology
    • Vendor Revenue Profile
    • Gartner's Enterprise Networking Equipment Market Share
  • Forecast Methodology
    • Forecast Methodology Overview


  • Exchange Rates
    • Current-Dollar Reporting

High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • Enterprise LAN Equipment Definitions
    • Ethernet
    • Enterprise Ethernet Switches
    • Ethernet Switch Bandwidth Segments
    • Data Center Ethernet Switch Business Models
  • WLAN Definitions
    • WLAN Segmentation
  • Enterprise WAN Equipment Definitions
    • Enterprise WAN Edge Equipment
    • 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

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