Data centers to drive 5-year growth of Ethernet Switch market, forecasts Dell'Oro

Dell’Oro Group forecasts a rejuvenated Ethernet Switch market in 2010 that will continue to grow annually through 2014. The growth is expected to come in large part from sales of Ethernet switches optimized for larger data center deployments that are being driven by virtualization, together with the improved economics of fewer, larger data centers.

A recent report by Dell’Oro Group forecasts a rejuvenated Ethernet Switch market in 2010 that will continue to grow annually through 2014. The research firm says that the growth is expected to come in large part from sales of Ethernet switches optimized for larger data center deployments that are being driven by virtualization, together with the improved economics of fewer, larger data centers.

“We believe the performance of the data center will drive growth in the Ethernet Switch market over the next five years,” says Alan Weckel, director of Dell’Oro Group. “For the data center, we expect above-market growth with modest port growth and significant revenue growth during the forecast period."

The report also projects that Fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet revenues will grow the most during the forecast period. "While we are still very early in the migration towards 10 GE for server connectivity, we believe that we will see 10 Gigabit Ethernet as a catalyst for growth in the Ethernet Switch market,” adds Weckel. Vendors such as 3Com/H3C, Arista, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper all have current Ethernet Switch offerings in this segment.

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Dell’Oro Group Forecasts Data Center Products to Drive Future Ethernet Switch Market Growth

Widespread Substitution of 1000 Mbps to 10 Gigabit Ethernet for Server Connectivity Expected

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for information about the networking and telecommunications industries, the Ethernet Switch market is forecast to return to growth in 2010 and continue to grow annually through 2014. This growth is expected to come in large part from sales of Ethernet switches optimized for larger datacenter deployments that are being driven by virtualization, together with the improved economics of fewer, larger datacenters.

“We believe the performance of the datacenter will drive growth in the Ethernet Switch market over the next five years,” said Alan Weckel, Director of Dell’Oro Group. “For the datacenter, we expect above-market growth with modest port growth and significant revenue growth during the forecast period. While we are still very early in the migration towards 10 GE for server connectivity, we believe that we will see 10 Gigabit Ethernet as a catalyst for growth in the Ethernet Switch market,” stated Weckel.

The report also shows the Fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet revenues are projected to grow the most during the forecast period. Vendors such as 3Com/H3C, Arista, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper all have current Ethernet Switch offerings in this segment.

About the Report
The Dell’Oro Group 5-Year Forecast Report offers a complete overview of the Ethernet Switch industry with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and port shipments (by speed Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet) for Layers 2-3 (both managed and unmanaged), and Layers 4-7. To purchase this report, please contact Emily Kendall, call +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Emily@DellOro.com.

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