Dell'Oro expands 10G Ethernet switch reporting

Aug. 30, 2010
According to the report, less than half of current Ethernet Switch vendors offer purpose built 10GE top-of-rack solutions.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Dell'Oro Group has enhanced its reporting on the 10 Gbps Ethernet (10GE) segment of the Ethernet Switch market. The firm's new report provides more insight into the fastest growing areas in data center networking, including detail on 10GE purpose built top-of-rack (ToR) switches, 10GE blade switches for the data center, and a break-out of 10GE copper and fiber ports, including 10GBase-T and SFP+ direct attach copper ports.

According to the report, less than half of the current Ethernet Switch vendors offer purpose built 10GE ToR solutions, which grew more than 300 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of this year, and is forecast to exceed a half a billion dollars in 2010. Vendors currently in this space include Arista, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper.

"We are in the beginning of the most significant network upgrade ever in the data center," said Alan Weckel, Director of Ethernet Switch Market Research at Dell'Oro Group. "Customers are migrating servers from multiple 1000 Mbps connections to two 10GE connections. Features such as high-capacity, low-latency, pluggable interfaces, and a converged fabric, such as the ability to combine Ethernet and Fibre Channel, are becoming standards in data center designs. These are all significant changes, which, when combined with vendor competition, will lead to significant market transitions," Weckel added.

The report indicates that during the second quarter of this year, Cisco was the leader in ToR switches, while HP led the pack in the blade switch segment.

The Dell'Oro Group Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, and port shipments (by speed Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet) for Layers2-3 (both managed and unmanaged) and Layers 4-7. To purchase the report, contact Emily Kendall at +1.650.622.9400 x223, or email [email protected].

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