The world economic slowdown is taking its toll on both enterprise routers and the WAN optimization market, with sales in both sectors essentially flat for the past few months.
Infonetics reports third-quarter router sales came in at $1.08 billion, dropping 1 percent from the previous quarter. WAN optimization saw a 1 percent gain, but is on tap to hit the $1 billion mark this year, a 30 percent gain over 2007.
Things don't look very bright for the router market going forward. The company expects declines in both 2009 and 2010, with real growth emerging again in 2011. That could be particularly troublesome for Cisco, which controls nearly 85 percent of the worldwide market.
In the WAN market, Blue Coat has emerged as the top provider with its purchase of Packeteer, followed by Cisco and Riverbed.