Cisco led the data center network equipment market to a 16% jump in the first quarter of 2010, according to a report released this week by research firm Infonetics Research.

Cisco, powered by its Nexus switch line, experienced a 23.5% gain in Ethernet switch revenues in the first quarter over the same period in 2009.

“We saw a 30% jump in purpose-built switch sales in the first quarter of 2010, with Cisco a driving force with their Nexus switch line,” Infonetics analyst Matthias Machowsinski said in releasing the report. “Healthy annual growth is expected to continue in this segment because these switches better address the requirements of the next generation data center, including LAN/SAN convergence, reliability and high performance.”

The overall data center Ethernet switch market, including general purpose, purpose-built, and blade switches grew 16% in the quarter to $1.16 billion. That was on the heels of a strong fourth quarter of 2009.

Boston-based Infonetics said the application delivery controller (ADC) market, experienced strong growth in the first quarter, following a very difficult year in 2009. Worldwide sales were up 28% compared to the first quarter of 2009. F5 Networks was the biggest gainer, taking sales away from Cisco.

Machowsinski said F5 now has a 20-point lead over Cisco, “a far cry from the neck and neck market share races of 2007 and 2008.”

In the WAN optimization market, Infonetics said vendors continue to struggle to regain their footing. It says Blue Coat was the only vendor in the first quarter to see positive sales growth, with a 7% gain in revenues.

 

 

 

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