Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Data center Ethernet switch market hits $8 billion run-rate

USA: According to the latest data center switch report from Crehan Research, data center Ethernet switch revenues exceeded $2 billion in calendar 4Q12, putting this market on an $8 billion annual run-rate.

The report shows that calendar 2012 revenue growth far exceeded that of 2011, helped by a leveling out in the decline of chassis/modular Ethernet switch shipments, coupled with increasing adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switches.

"Given that data center Ethernet chassis or modular switches command a considerable price premium over the market average, mix shifts in this segment can have a significant market impact," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Aided by stabilization in the mix of this data center Ethernet switch category, total market average selling prices fell only a little in 2012."

The report also demonstrates that data center Ethernet Fixed/Top-of-Rack switches continue to reach record levels, as this form-factor not only sees increasing server access deployment, but also data center aggregation deployments.

In line with the overall market, Fibre Channel Switches also enjoyed revenue growth in 4Q12 and 2012, as higher pricing offset port-shipment declines.

Driven by increasing bandwidth demands and unique data center switching requirements to handle changing architectures and traffic requirements, continued growth and investment in data center switching is consistent with Crehan Research's long-term outlook, which recently forecast that this market would approach $16 billion by 2017.

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