Bay claims Layer 3 leadership crown

Bay claims Layer 3 leadership crown


Bay Networks last week claimed to have captured a lion's share of the Layer 3 routing switch market, citing evidence from US market research firm Dell'Oro Group.

According to a Dell'Oro report, Bay is the current market leader with 38 per cent of Layer 3 routing switch revenues and 34 per cent of ports shipped in the first quarter of calendar year 1998.

Bay is attributing the win to the success of its Accelar family of routing switches, known for improving the traditional speed and cost limitations associated with routed networks.

Steve Rust, region director for Bay Networks Australia and New Zealand, said: "The Accelars started shipping in December 1997 and went on to break all records at Bay Networks for a first, full quarter revenue for a new product."

Bay said it is the first time the Dell'Oro Group has segmented Layer 3 switching as a separate market category from the overall Ethernet Switching market, an industry segment projected by International Data Corp (IDC) to be worth $US5 billion by 2001.

According to the Dell'Oro report, Bay Networks also holds the number one position in Layer 3 Switched Fast Ethernet with 44 per cent revenue and 36 per cent port share; and Modular Layer 3 Switched Fast Ethernet with 52 per cent revenue and 50 per cent port share.

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