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25GE and 50GE to Transform Data Center Switching Market


January 19, 2015

As those familiar with my postings on industry trends are aware, one of my characterizations of the times in which we live is to call it, “The Age of Acceleration.” The two big attributes of this new age are the constants are change, and the speed at which changes are increasing. Another way of saying this is that has been and always been in computing, storage and communications a need for speed to move things along.  And, that need really is accelerating no matter which part of ICT one happens to focus on. 

Obviously a huge area of focus is the data center, and as the latest Infonetics Research 3rd quarter 2014 (3Q14) Data Center Network Equipment report shows, things are getting faster fast. 

The report, tracks data center Ethernet switches, Ethernet switches sold in bundles, application delivery controllers (ADCs) and WAN optimization products. Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research in comments on the report stated: “The data center switching market is poised for another transformation with 25GE and 50GE enabling new data center network architectures targeting large cloud service providers looking to migrate from 10GE switching and server connectivity to 100GE switching and 25GE server connectivity.”  He added that:  “A new generation of Broadcom switching silicon will add 25GE and 50GE to the mix of port speeds in the data center for 2015.”

As one chart from the report show, fast is also a nice way of describing the speed at which the market is growing. 

Numbers point to solid global data center equipment market growth in 3Q14

Here are a few of the highlights from the report:

  • The global data center Ethernet switch market was up 5 percent sequentially to $2.2 billion; positive forces include the U.S. public sector and cloud service providers.
  • Though worldwide application delivery controller (ADC) revenue is down 2 percent in 3Q14 from 2Q14, the ADC market has grown consistently on a year-over-year basis for the last 6 quarters and Virtual ADC appliances are up 20 percent from the previous quarter.
  • Globally, WAN optimization revenue is up 9 percent sequentially in 3Q14, but down 1 percent from the year-ago 3rd quarter.
  • There are more new entrants in the WAN optimization space which Infonetics says, “has yet to return to long-term growth.”

While a bit of a mixed bag on the revenue side of things, the conclusion that faster is certainly in the near future is indisputable. What will be interesting will be to see how all this translates in investments made or not made on next generation converged switching/routing solutions going forward. 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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