Report sees 'aggressive' price decline in 10G Ethernet switches

The market for 10 Gbps server ports is expected to grow more than five-fold by 2017.

New research from telecommunications and networking industries specialist Dell’Oro Group says that the market for 10 Gbps server ports is expected to grow more than five-fold by 2017.

“We are forecasting an aggressive price decline in 10 Gbps switches in the first half of 2013 that will be driven by a switch refresh cycle based on Broadcom Trident II switch silicon," explains Sameh Boujelbene, senior analyst covering Controller & Adapter market research at Dell’Oro Group. "We expect this price decline will propel 10 Gbps server adoption because switches aggregating servers comprise more than one-third of the end-to-end price."

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“In addition, we predict server migration to 40 Gbps to be faster than 10 Gbps, as higher density switches come to market, and service providers, or 'the cloud' become a larger portion of the customers,” adds Dell'Oro's Boujelbene.

Dell’Oro Group's Controller and Adapter 5-Year Forecast Report discusses how the drivers of 40 Gbps differ from those of 10 Gbps, and why 10G Base-T is such a critical technology for small and medium businesses. To purchase the report, contact Julie Learmond-Criqui at +1.650.622.9400 x244 or email julie@DellOro.com.

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