Enterprise Communications Infrastructure
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IDC's Enterprise Communications Infrastructure provides the reliable worldwide data and forecasts needed to make business decisions in this evolving market and outlines how trends in enterprise networks influence communications, mobility, servers, and storage. It also analyzes user requirements, technology trends, vendor strategies, product advancements, distribution channel activity, and market directions and provides the industry's most comprehensive worldwide coverage of enterprise communications infrastructure.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Ethernet switches: Speed (100Mb, GbE, 10GbE+) and layers (2, 3, and 4–7)
  • Routers: Small office/home office (SOHO), branch, core, and multifunction WAN gateways
  • Wireless LANs: Access devices; access points (dependent and independent); controllers, switches, and appliances; and the impact of emerging trends such as enterprise mobility, location services, and IoT
  • Network management tools and market dynamics
  • Impact of cloud delivery models and applications on the enterprise network, including the drive toward SDN and OpenFlow
  • Convergence trends: Voice, IP telephony, unified wired and wireless, session border controllers (SBCs), browsers, and WebRTC
  • Market-leading enterprise networking equipment suppliers and promising start-ups
  • The emerging SD-WAN market and convergence of branch networks
  • Videoconferencing and telepresence, video content, and delivery infrastructure

Core Research

  • Worldwide Wireless LAN Forecast and Analysis
  • Worldwide IP PBX and IP Phone Forecast and Analysis
  • Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Equipment Forecast and Analysis
  • IDC Enterprise Networking Predictions
  • Worldwide Ethernet Switch Forecast and Analysis
  • Worldwide Enterprise Network Forecast and Analysis
  • Worldwide Router Forecast and Analysis
  • IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment Vendor Analysis
  • IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN Vendor Analysis
  • U.S. Enterprise Communications Survey: Videoconferencing

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. Which networking equipment markets and sectors are growing the fastest? Which will have the greatest future growth, and why?
  2. What is the impact of technologies such as wireless LANs, voice/data convergence, video, and software as a service on purchases?
  3. How will the introduction of classic IT architectures in building network equipment change this market?
  4. How do merger, acquisition, and partnership actions affect the competitive landscape?
  5. How well are established and start-up suppliers positioned to increase market share?

Companies Covered:

ADTRAN, Inc., Aerohive Networks, Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, Allied Telesis, Inc., Arista, LLC, Asante, Inc., Avaya Inc., BELAIR NETWORKS INC., BlackBerry, BlueCat Networks, Inc., Broadcom Limited, Brocade Communications Systems, CA Technologies, Inc., CISTERA NETWORKS, INC., CLOUDGENIX INC., Cisco Systems, Inc., Citrix Systems, Inc., Dell Inc., EMC Corporation, Firetide, Inc., Fortinet, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Google Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hitachi, Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., IBM, Intel Corporation, Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc., Intermec, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., LM Ericsson Telephone Company, LSI Corporation, Logitech international S.A., MELCO HOLDINGS INC., MICROSEMI CORPORATION, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Mitel Networks Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, NETGEAR, Inc., NETOPIA, INC., NetScout Systems, Inc., Netergy Microelectronics, Inc., Network Peripherals Inc, Nokia Corporation, ONRELAY LIMITED, Oracle Corporation, POWERDSINE LTD., Pexip AS, Polycom (Italy) S.r.l., Polycom, Inc., REVA SYSTEMS CORP, Radware Ltd., Riverbed Technology, Inc., Ruckus Wireless, Inc., SILVERPEAK STRATEGIC PARTNERS LP, STRIX SYSTEMS INC, Samsung, SevOne, ShoreTel, Inc., SolarWinds, Inc., StarLeaf Limited, TALARI NETWORKS INC, THINGMAGIC INC, TP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd., TROPOS NETWORKS, INC., Toshiba Corporation, Ubiquiti Networks, Inc., VBRICK SYSTEMS INC, VELOCLOUD NETWORKS, INC., VERIWAVE INC, VIPTELA, INC., Vidyo, Inc., Xirrus, Inc., Zebra Technologies Corporation, ZyXEL Communications Corp., ZyXEL Communications Inc.


Meet the Experts
Nolan Greene
Sr. Research Analyst, Network Infrastructure
Petr Jirovsky
Research Manager, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure
Rich Costello
Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure
Rohit Mehra
Vice President, Network Infrastructure