Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dell'Oro Predicts 10 GigE Server Deployments to Ramp Up

10 Gigabit Ethernet revenue is expected to exceed one-third of overall market revenue in L2-L3 switching during 2012, according to a new market report from Dell'Oro Group. The report attributes the growth to continued data center deployments utilizing 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Top-of-Rack and Blade switches.

"We believe we are still in the early stages of server access from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. We expect the first significant ramp of this migration to start in the second half of 2012 and continue through 2013. We expect server vendors will ramp Intel's Romely chipset quickly in the second half of 2012. Most new high-end servers will, for the most part, be 10 Gigabit Ethernet going forward," said Alan Weckel, Senior Director of Dell'Oro Group. "We believe we will see a mix of connectivity options ranging from blade servers, SFP+ direct attach and 10G Base-T during 2012. We also expect vendors will most likely specialize in a particular area within the data center, or have a large portfolio of products to address customer requirements, as vendors migrate servers from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet in significant volumes and look towards 40 Gigabit Ethernet to connect these switches to the core," stated Weckel.

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