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IDC’s Worldwide Ethernet Switch and Router Trackers Show Solid Growth in Both Markets for Q1 2019

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Enterprise Switch Market Grew 7.8% Year Over Year; Router Market
Rose 8.2% in 1Q19

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethernetswitch?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#Ethernetswitchlt;/agt;–The worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded $6.8 billion
in revenue in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), an increase of 7.8% year
over year. Meanwhile, the worldwide total enterprise and service
provider (SP) router market revenues grew 8.2% year over year 1Q19 to
$3.6 billion. These growth rates are according to results published in
the International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly
Ethernet Switch Tracker
and IDC
Quarterly Router Tracker
.

Ethernet Switch Market Highlights

From a geographic perspective, the 1Q19 Ethernet switch market had a
strong quarter across the globe. The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)
(APeJ) region grew 8.6% year over year. Notable gains in the region
included China, which grew 11.7% year over year, and Taiwan, which
increased 15.3%. Meanwhile, Japan’s Ethernet switch market rose 1.3%.

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region saw growth of 9.5% year over
year, led by Egypt, which rose 17.3%. Europe saw more modest growth with
Western Europe growing 3.5% and Central and Eastern Europe remaining
stagnant with 0.3% year-over-year growth. Notable markets in Western
Europe included the United Kingdom, which was down 1.2% from a year
earlier, while Germany was up 2.3% and Italy grew 15.5% year over year.
In Central and Eastern Europe, Russia declined 13.4% year over year. In
the Americas, the United States grew 11.9% while Canada increased 2.6%
year over year. Latin America was down 4.5% overall with Brazil’s 8.5%
year-over-year decline offset by 11.0% growth in Mexico.

“Organizations across the globe are looking to digitally transform
themselves in an effort to meet market and competitive needs and improve
user experiences. As they do so, enterprises are realizing the critical
role the network plays in their broader IT transformation initiatives,”
said Rohit
Mehra
, vice president, Network
Infrastructure
, at IDC. “This has led to continued, and growing,
investment in Ethernet switching, routing, software-defined networks
(SDN), and SD-WAN platforms and architectures that support the
increasing demands of an always-connected world.”

100Gb Ethernet switch revenues continue to grow rapidly. Port shipments
for 100Gb switches rose 85.3% year over year to 3.6 million. 100Gb
revenues grew 59.0% year over year in 1Q19 to $1.2 billion, making up
17.3% of the market’s revenue. 25Gb ports also saw impressive growth,
increasing 133.3% to $304.0 million, with port shipments growing 104.8%
year over year. 40Gb switches continue to be falling out of favor with
revenues declining 21.3% year over year. Lower-speed campus switches, a
more mature part of the market, showed moderate growth. 10Gb port
shipments rose 8.6% year over year to make up 28.7% of the market’s
revenue. 1Gb switches grew 2.9% year over year in port shipments, making
up 40.3% of the market’s total revenues.

Router Market Highlights

The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market grew 8.2% on
a year-over-year basis in 1Q19 with the major service provider segment,
which accounts for 75.3% of revenues, increasing 7.1% and the enterprise
segment of the market growing 11.9%. From a regional perspective, the
combined service provider and enterprise router market increased 12.0%
in APeJ with the enterprise segment up 17.7%. Japan’s total market grew
27.1% year over year. Central and Eastern Europe regional revenues rose
19.7% year over year, while the Western Europe combined enterprise and
service provider market grew 3.7% year over year. The Middle East &
Africa region was up 12.6% fueled by a 15.7% increase in service
provider revenues. In the U.S., the enterprise segment was up 15.7% but
the service provider revenues fell 5.8%, causing the total market to
decline 0.5% year over year. Canada’s market rose 28.5% year over year
and the Latin American market grew 9.0%.

Vendor Highlights

Cisco finished 1Q19 with an 8.3% year-over-year increase in
overall Ethernet switch revenues and market share of 53.7%. In the hotly
contested 25Gb/100Gb segment, Cisco is the market leader with 39.4% of
the market’s revenue. Cisco’s combined service provider and enterprise
router revenue rose 15.3% year over year, with enterprise router revenue
increasing 16.1% and service provider revenues growing 14.8%. Cisco’s
combined SP and enterprise router market share increased to 42.4%, up
from 37.4% in 4Q18.

Huawei’s Ethernet switch revenue rose 18.9% on an annualized
basis, giving the company market share of 8.9%, up from 8.1% a year
earlier. The company’s combined service provider and enterprise router
revenue rose 5.7% year over year with a market share of 24.5%.

Arista Networks saw Ethernet switch revenues increase 24.0% in
1Q19, bringing its share to 7.5% of the total market, up from 6.5% a
year earlier. The company continues to cater to the higher end of
Ethernet switch speeds, with 100Gb revenues accounting for 67.6% of the
company’s total revenue, indicating the company’s focus on hyperscale
and cloud providers.

HPE‘s Ethernet switch revenue declined 5.6% year over year,
giving the company a market share of 5.3%.

Juniper‘s Ethernet switch revenue declined 23.4% in 1Q19,
bringing its market share to 2.6%. Juniper saw an 8.2% decline in
combined enterprise and service provider router sales, bringing its
market share in the router market to 10.4%.

“There continue to be diverging trends across the Ethernet switch
market,” said Petr
Jirovsky
, research director, IDC
Networking Trackers
. “Hyperscalers and service providers continue to
demand the fastest Ethernet switching speeds in the market, leading to
the highest growth rates in both port shipments and revenues. Meanwhile,
the more mature enterprise switching platforms continue to make up a
larger share of the overall market.”

A graphic illustrating the worldwide revenues for the top 5 Ethernet
switch companies over the previous five quarters is available by viewing this
press release on IDC.com
.

The IDC
Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker
and the IDC
Quarterly Router Tracker
provide total market size and vendor shares
for the Ethernet switch and router technologies in an easy-to-use Excel
pivot table format. The geographic coverage for both the Ethernet switch
market and the router market includes eight major regions (USA, Canada,
Latin America, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Japan, Western Europe,
Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa) and 60
countries. The Ethernet switch market is further segmented by speed
(100Mb, 1000Mb, 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb, 50Gb, 100Gb), product (fixed managed,
fixed unmanaged, modular), and layer (L2, L3, ADC). Measurement for the
Ethernet switch market is provided in vendor revenue, value, and port
shipments. The router market is further split by product (high-end,
mid-range, low-end, SOHO), deployment (service provider, enterprise),
connectivity (core, edge), and the measurements are in vendor revenue,
value, and unit shipments.

For more information about IDC’s Quarterly Ethernet Switch and Router
Trackers, please contact Kathy Nagamine (knagamine@idc.com).

About IDC Trackers
IDC
Tracker
products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor
share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than
100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research
processes, IDC’s Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and
monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly
excel deliverables and online query tools.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the
premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and
events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer
technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers
global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry
opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and
insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment
community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their
key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG),
the world’s leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn
more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com.
Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC
and LinkedIn.

Contacts

Rohit Mehra
rmehra@idc.com
508-935-4343

Petr
Jirovsky
pjirovsky@idc.com
413-313-6112

Michael
Shirer
press@idc.com
508-935-4200

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Strainprint™ Technologies Welcomes Organic Medical Cannabis Producer to Growing List of Subscribers

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Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to expand their nation-wide coverage with the addition of Stewart Farms.

Stewart Farms is a late-stage applicant headquartered in Alberta that is building a 100,000 sq. ft. vertical aquaponics farm in Saint StephensNew Brunswick. They will be utilizing automation, vertical farming, and land-based aquaculture to produce medical grade organic cannabis for both recreational and medical markets in Canada. All of their products will be free of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic nutrients. At full capacity, they will reach more than 10,000 kgs per year of organically farmed cannabis and more than 200,000 kgs of organic tilapia.

Stewart Farms’ long term vision is to deliver tools and products to support  future customers and patients during their health and wellness journeys. “Through our partnership with Strainprint we gain direct access to their incomparable data and analytics tools. This will aid us in educating a wider audience on the medical benefits and best practices of cannabis-based medicine,” said Tanner Stewart, Co-founder & CEO of Stewart Farms. “We know our customers are looking to consume more than dried cannabis. We know Canadians of all legal ages are trying to sort through their personal engagement with cannabis as a medicine. What we want to know, on an ongoing basis, is what is and is not working for people. Strainprint’s patient-led data services will give us the insight needed to create custom products and further understand the benefits of our existing products. Finally, our goal is to partner with companies and teams that truly have people’s best interest at heart. Caring about a patient’s success is what makes up the core of the Strainprint team. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with them at our side.”

Stewart Farms will access the Strainprint Analytics web platform, the most sophisticated cannabis analytics platform available to improve product development. Strainprint Analytics is built on top of the largest and most granular scientific data set of its kind in the world, with more than 1.3 million anonymized, patient reported medical cannabis outcomes and more than 65 million data points on strain efficacy.

“We’re thrilled to provide our real-time, crowd sourced data to an environmentally conscious company that uses innovative, cutting edge farming technology to produce top-tier medical cannabis,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff. “Our organizations are equally committed to improving lives using cannabis therapy, and our shared core motivation is to provide guidance and support to help cannabis patients achieve their health goals.”

 

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Field Trip Ventures Inc. Retains KCSA Strategic Communications as Public Relations Counsel

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Greenery Map, the world’s first and only cannabis search engine to allow users to search for cannabis products based on their desired mood, medicinal use, and method of consumption, is now offering users – both businesses and consumers – the opportunity to register and connect to the app in an entirely mobile way. Previously, businesses were required to access GreeneryMap.com from a desktop in order to manage accounts and connect to the inventory API system, but that road block has been removed, allowing for an entirely mobile experience through the Greenery Map app.

App users turn to Greenery Map to help them decide on the strain of Cannabis and product that is right for them depending on their desired mood or medicinal effect. Following the matching, consumers are given a detailed history and description of the strain so that they can make educated purchases, cutting down on time that budtenders need to spend with patrons and speeding up the purchase process. Consumers can then see all of the ways to purchase said product, including the nearby dispensaries that have it in stock, online options, and even delivery options through the app. Greenery Map fully integrates with a dispensary’s inventory API system to update in real-time and give consumers real-time information on dispensary stock for the item they are looking for. The Greenery Map system also provides cannabis businesses in both the B2B and B2C sectors a private database to share and sell information and products. For Cannabis businesses, Greenery Map also offers the opportunity to open bank and merchant accounts through their partnership with PayHouse Consulting Group.

 

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WeBank, IBM and Other Organizations Jointly Held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning in conjunction with IJCAI 2019

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Once a concept, AI is now ushering in a key stage of application. What’s the solution to the data silos among businesses? Given the enhanced regulation on data at home and abroad, what’s the solution to data privacy and security concerns? What’s the status quo of Federated Machine Learning and how to establish an ecosystem for FML in the future?

WeBank, IBM and other organizations jointly held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality (FML’19) in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) on Aug. 12, 2019, to further discussion on these issues.

President of IJCAI, Chair of FML Steering Committee, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang delivered opening remarks at the workshop. Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google presented keynote addresses. In the panel discussion, top scholars from WeBank, Bar-Ilan University, IBM, Squirrel AI, Google, Huawei, Clustar, Sinovation Ventures and many other renowned enterprises and universities shared and discussed their findings and experience in FML as an emerging AI technology.

This workshop received 40 papers, of which 12 were presented during the workshop, 19 presented via poster. Awards include Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Presentation Award. Selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in a special issue in the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. All these attracted numerous scholars to engage in discussions and join efforts for building the FML ecosystem.

Experts from IBM and Google Share Groundbreaking Findings with a Focus on the Theory and Application of FML

Privacy and security are becoming a key concern in our digital age. On 25th May last year, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU, the toughest Act on data privacy protection, stressed that user data collection must be open and transparent. A series of laws and regulations from China and overseas also pose new challenges to the traditional way of handling data and model for cooperation. Seeking ways for AI to adapt to this new reality became top priority, a demand that led to this workshop on FML.

A wealth of solutions and breakthroughs were shared by Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google in their speech on FML.

Besides how FML can help tackle challenges in the business world, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad also shared the concept of Fusion AI, which means to train models on widely distributed data sets, but fuse them to produce one equivalent to what centralized training would yield. “Unlike traditional machine learning, in Fusion AI, model parameters are shared and data is not transferred, which makes Fusion AI model better than models that moving data centrally.” Given the widely distributed data, the development of Fusion AI and FML became ever important and imminent.

“FML enables machine learning engineers and data scientists to work productively with decentralized data with privacy by default,” said Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google. He also shared with us how FML works and its use cases at Google. In the case of Gboard, as on-device data is privacy sensitive or large or is more relevant than server-side proxy data, and labels can be inferred naturally via user interaction, the application of Federated RNN compared to prior n-gram model can increase the accuracy of next-word prediction by 24%, and the click rate of prediction strip by 10%.

Major Figure Panelists Discuss the Way Ahead for FML

The moderator of the panel discussion, AI Principal Scientist of WeBank Dr. Lixin Fan joined panelists including Professor Benny Pinkas from Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad of IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, Research Scientist of Google Dr. Jakub Konečný, Dr. Baofeng Zhang from CTO Office of CBG Software in Huawei, Executive VP of Clustar Dr. Junxue Zhang, VP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng and other experts in a host of in-depth exchanges with attendees, to shed light on the way ahead for FML.

Experts shared thoughts in the panel discussion on questions including but not limited to: How to meet the security and compliance requirements? Is there a way to extend the value of data while observing user privacy and data security? Given the classic trade-off between data regulation and development of AI, how to achieve the long-term goal of establishing a stable and win-win business ecosystem?

List of Award-Winners

Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Presentation Award selected by all attendees were announced at the closing of the workshop.

Best Theory Paper Award: 
Preserving User Privacy for Machine Learning: Local Differential Privacy or Federated Machine Learning? By Huadi Zheng, Haibo Hu & Ziyang Han;

Best Application Paper Award: 
FedHealth: A Federated Transfer Learning Framework for Wearable Healthcare. By Yiqiang ChenJindong WangChaohui YuWen Gao & Xin Qin;

Best Student Paper Award: 
Quantifying the Performance of Federated Transfer Learning. By Qinghe JingWeiyan Wang, Junxue Zhang, Han Tian & Kai Chen;

Best Presentation Award: 
Federated Generative Privacy. By Aleksei Triastcyn and Boi Faltings.

President of IJCAI, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard TongandVP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng presented the awards.

“The mission of this International Federated Machine Learning Workshop is to facilitate further understanding in the academia, business community as well as legal and regulatory institutions by promoting the establishment of FML ecosystem in the hope that more businesses will join and build a platform for students aspired to work in FML to find research teams that suit them,” said Professor Qiang Yang.

Held Aug. 10-16, 2019 in Macao, China, IJCAI-19 is one of the leading International Academic Conference on AI, attracting over 3000 AI research personnel and experts. The 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning (FML’19) was a highlight for experts joining this event. Visionaries in the academia and industrial sector expressed the willingness to be part of the effort for academic research, application of FML in the future, and the development and boom of AI ecosystem.

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