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Network Switches in the US - Procurement Research Report

Network Switches Procurement in the US

This report is intended to assist buyers of network switches. Switches are computer networking equipment used to connect devices together within an internal network via packet switching to manage data packet traffic. Switches are considered more efficient and functional than their hub counterparts because they allow only designated ports to receive the data, whereas hubs flood the network with data through all ports. Most devices use Ethernet to communicate data from one device to another; therefore, only electrical devices that have Ethernet slots, such as computers, printers, servers and routers, are capable of communicating through switches. This report excludes routers, modems, hubs and bridges.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

AT A GLANCE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PRICE ENVIRONMENT
Price Fundamentals
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast

PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Related Goods
Substitute Goods
Regulation

Quality Control

SUPPLY CHAIN & VENDORS
Supply Chain Dynamics
Competitive Environment
Market Profitability
Switching Cost

PURCHASING PROCESS
Buying Basics
Key RFP Elements
NEGOTIATION STATISTICS

BUYER POWER SCORE COMPONENTS

JARGON & GLOSSARY

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