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Recent Modular Ethernet Switch Sales Reach New Heights

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December 05, 2013

Recent Modular Ethernet Switch Sales Reach New Heights

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Modular Ethernet switches are among the more successful technology in the data center market.

The modular Ethernet switches reached a new high in the third quarter of this year. There were many sales and shipments of the switches, according to Crehan Research. Of the different providers, it was Cisco (News - Alert) which took the lead in the sector with the Nexus 7000 platform, the study said.

The recent success found with modular Ethernet switches comes after “underperformance” when comparing them to various kinds of data center Ethernet switches.

"A strong upgrade cycle in server access Ethernet switches has driven demand for modular Ethernet switches in data-center network aggregation and core deployments,"  Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research, explained. "Furthermore, a recent flurry of exciting new product introductions with attractive throughput, pricing and port densities in conjunction with software-defined feature sets has reinvigorated interest in this segment.”

Among the modular Ethernet switches highlighted by Crehan were Arista's 7300X and 7500E, Cisco's Nexus 7700 and 9500, Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert)'s FlexFabric 11900 and 12900, and Juniper's EX9200 core switch.

Looking ahead, Crehan predicts these data center switches will, “start to drive data center networking beyond the current 10 gigabit era.”

 In Q2, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) price declines led to, “exceptionally strong growth” in the data center Ethernet switch market, according to an earlier study released by Crehan. In Q2, fiber channel switching also saw increases, but less than the data center Ethernet switch market.

In the longer-term, Crehan Research said there will be “strong growth” for 40GbE and 100GbE data center switching, the firm said in a statement released in June. Compound annual growth rate for these two sectors will be more than 100 percent over the next five years. In fact, by 2017 40GbE and 100GbE will capture the majority of data switching revenue.

Interestingly, 40GbE adoption will surpass 100GbE adoption at the start of the period, but then 100GbE will be more competitive. The early success of 40GbE is because of lower prices, more product offerings, port densities and port-interface types offerings.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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