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100GbE Set to Fuel Major Adoption in Data Center Switch Sector

By Laura Stotler July 15, 2015

100-gigabit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities are set to drive major adoption in the data center switch sector. A new report from Crehan Research shows that these types of switches are posed for a strong increase and adoption and will help the market grow to more than $10 million by 2019. The research firm believes an attractive price point is fueling the increase in adoption, with prices for 100GbE data center switches falling around 50 percent over the last few years.

The new Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report also shows that hyper-scale cloud computing will play a major role in driving adoption of data center switching technologies. Cloud infrastructure bigwigs like Google and Microsoft are expected to exert major purchasing power when it comes to 100GbE switches and technology as they build out their data centers and cloud initiatives.

"We expect that 100GbE-capable data center switching will soon see a dramatic increase as a result of the compelling economics and diverse use cases that the upcoming next-gen products enable," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Price premiums over prior technologies should be relatively small, and these switches can be deployed from the core of the data center network all the way down to the server access layer, given their flexible speed configurations via breakout cables."

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In addition to a compelling price point, 100GbE solutions use bandwidth more efficiently than 10GbE offerings by reducing the number of optical wavelengths used. Service and cloud providers benefit by being able to offer customers faster and cheaper data center connectivity, a massive benefit when it comes to hyper-scale cloud initiatives.

Major companies in the 100GbE space include Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Huawei and Juniper Networks.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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