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November 17, 2011

Two Major Trends to Alter Ethernet Switch Market, Dell'Oro Group Finds

By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor


According to officials of the Dell’ (News - Alert)Oro Group, the Ethernet switch market is “undergoing a technological transformation in the data center.”

Enterprises are consolidating data centers, and “moving infrastructure towards the hosted environment of the cloud.  These migrations towards the cloud are reducing the numbers of both data centers and IT end users that are making discrete purchasing decisions, as fewer, but larger, equipment purchases are needed," said Alan Weckel, Senior Director at Dell'Oro Group.  

The group’s research identifies virtualization changes, where and how applications are connected to end users, as being a major part of that transformation. In fact, the group’s research finds, two major trends will forever alter the Ethernet Switch market -- the first is a significant technology change towards 10 GE and fabrics within the data center, and the second is the emergence of powerful new customers.  

In light of those two trends, Dell'Oro Group is offering a white paper to analyze how disruptive the cloud can be, how Ethernet Switch vendors are currently performing in the data center, and “what our projections are for the Ethernet Switch market in the data center over the next five years,” according to Group officials.

As Weckel noted, “the result is that there has never been a better time for new entrants or a better opportunity for existing vendors to gain share."

A recent Patton (News - Alert) white paper explored the possibilities provided in Ethernet extender, highlighting that industries need to evaluate which of their antiquated technologies still work for them, and which have to go to achieve a cost-effective Ethernet extender solution. Additionally, earlier this week TMC (News - Alert) had the news that Avaya has updated data networking portfolio with new additions to ERS 4000 series of stackable, collaboration-ready Ethernet switches.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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