Who Are the Heavyweights in US Hardware and Communications Equipment?



An overview of the industry

Firms that are a part of the US hardware and communications equipment sector design and sell a broad range of products, provide various services, and deliver integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. Over the years, companies in this segment have connected people, things, and technologies to one other and the Internet.

Over time, these firms have expanded into new markets that are an extension of their core networking businesses and that serve as platforms for automating, integrating, and delivering an increasing array of IT-based (information technology) products and services.

Who Are the Heavyweights in US Hardware and Communications Equipment?

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Products and services

Products and technologies of companies in this sector are grouped into the following categories:

  • switching
  • NGN (Next-Generation Network)
  • routing
  • wireless
  • network security
  • service provider video
  • data center
  • collaboration

Companies deliver their technology and services to customers as solutions for their priorities, including cloud, video, mobility, security, collaboration, and analytics. The “network” is at the center of these markets. Companies generally focus on delivering integrated solutions to help customers achieve desired business outcomes.

The top players in this space according to market capitalization include the following:

  • Cisco Systems (CSCO)—$145 billion
  • NetApp (NTAP)—$7.6 billion
  • EMC (EMC)—$50.2 billion
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)—$30 billion
  • Juniper Networks (JNPR)—$9.4 billion

In this series

In this series, we’ll explore the workings of the biggest firms in the hardware and communication equipment industry and analyze the key drivers and segments of these firms. Let’s begin with a discussion of what companies like Cisco are doing to advance technology and product transitions.


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