This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide Ethernet switch market for 2016–2020. In Worldwide Enterprise Networking 2016 Top 10 Predictions (IDC #US40211616, February 2016), IDC explored a number of emerging trends materially impacting the Ethernet switch market. Among those trends are buildouts of public cloud infrastructure led by hyperscale cloud providers, growth of SDN in the datacenter and enterprise campus including increased adoption of SD-WAN, and the scaling of network infrastructures to accommodate DX. These trends will have varying effects for this forecast, with cloud and DX-related infrastructure buildouts accelerating both shipments and revenue, while SDN-related standardization and convergence may dampen market growth."The demands of digital transformation, heightened by all things cloud, are invigorating the market for critical Ethernet switching technologies," said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure. "While factors such as standardization, price erosion, and potential economic downturns may somewhat mute market growth, emerging technologies such as SDN and IoT create new considerations that will have an impact on competitive dynamism."
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