Research and Markets: 40-, 100-Gigabit networks imminent

Jan. 16, 2009
January 16, 2009-- A report from Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland) maintains that after nearly ten years of false starts and uncertainty over just why 40 or 100 Gigabit would ever be needed, the market has awoken to supercomputing clusters that are increasing processing power exponentially, data centers demanding big reductions in latency, and IP backbones whose traffic is growing 40% annually.

January 16, 2009-- Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland) has announced the addition of the report, "40 and 100 Gigabit Networks: Technologies, Markets, Applications," to its offering.

The research firm maintains that, in 1996, the majority of IP backbone trunks ran at OC-3. By 2000, they had been upgraded to OC-192. But since then, component suppliers and equipment vendors have been left wondering if upgrading to 40 and 100 Gigabit would remain a topic for discussion at industry conferences, but not at meetings with paying customers. Yet after nearly ten years of false starts, impressively advanced technologies with impressively high price tags, and uncertainty over just why 40 or 100 Gigabit would ever be needed, the market has awoken to supercomputing clusters that are increasing processing power exponentially, data centers demanding big reductions in latency, and IP backbones whose traffic is still growing 40% annually.

The report maintains that, coming out of a decade-long slumber, the market is heading in a direction many could not have imagined, and includes a standard, InfiniBand, that didn't even exist when the first 10 Gigabit router ports went on sale. For a technology with so little history of its own, each advancement is only prompting more questions, such as:

-- If video is the killer app, why are large telcos deploying 40 Gigabit router ports in regions where they don't sell IPTV?

-- Technology developers are debating modulation technologies, are customers?

-- How will supercomputing centers and research networks spending compare to traditional telcos?

In addition to forecasts by protocol, by industry, and by line rate, the study looks at differences in network configurations and how they will impact demand for 40 and 100 Gigabit systems. Key topics covered include: 40- and 100-Gigabit economics and technology developments; leading industries for 40- and 100-Gigabit deployments; and forecasts.

Companies mentioned in the report include: Airbus; Altair; AT&T; BT; CANARIE; Ciena; Cisco; ExxonMobile; Force10; GEANT; General Electric; Goldman Sachs; Google; Infinera; Morgan Stanley; National LambdaRail; Nortel; OpVista; Sycamore; TeliaSonera; Tellabs; Teragrid; TW Telecom; U.S. Department of Energy;
Verizon; and XO.

For more information on the report, click here.

On the Web:
www.researchandmarkets.com


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