1. Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems maintained its throne as the best-selling switch brand in 2013, according to NPD, with the San Jose, Calif-based networking giant accounting for 32.7 percent of the total units shipped.
Though Cisco last year continued its aggressive push into areas like cloud, services and SDN, the company by no means left its switching portfolio on the back burner. In June, for example, Cisco refreshed its Catalyst 6800 Series of switches to include the new Catalyst 6807-XL modular switch, the Catalyst 6880-X semi-fixed switch and the Catalyst 6800ai Instant Access switch, all of which are targeted at campus deployments.
Cisco said the new switches are meant to prepare networks for the emerging Internet of Everything trend, making them more programmable and application-centric.