According to a recent IDC report, network specialist Cisco has managed to circumvent the Asian financial crisis and has secured the top spot in the Asia-Pacific LAN and remote access markets.
Maturing its LAN revenues by 19 per cent and its remote access business by 70 per cent, the network vendor leapfrogged the competition to grab a 30 per cent share of the router, switch, NIC and hub market, up from the 1997 figure of 23.8 per cent.
Acknowledging its Catalyst family of switches as responsible for the majority of this growth, Cisco is planning to continue to offer a complete range of products from the low-end 1900 switches to the 8500 core backbone switches.
Cisco also dominate the remote access market, claiming 28 per cent of all port shipments for fixed-port remote access server (RAS) and concentrator RAS.
"Our strategy is to offer end-to-end networking solutions," said Gary Jackson, managing director of Cisco, of the company's regional growth in just three years.
According to Dennis Philbin, managing director of IDC Asia-Pacific: "The strong gains made by Cisco were a combination of increased product focus and the investments it made in strengthening its presence throughout the region. In addition to its traditional corporate stronghold, Cisco also made significant strides in the telecommunication and Internet service provider segments."