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Crehan Research Updates on 10 Gigabit Ethernet Data Center Switch Shipments to Surpass One Gigabit [Professional Services Close - Up]
[March 22, 2014]

Crehan Research Updates on 10 Gigabit Ethernet Data Center Switch Shipments to Surpass One Gigabit [Professional Services Close - Up]

(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A recent report from Crehan Research shows that robust 2013 year- end growth has propelled 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) data center switch port shipments past those of gigabit Ethernet (1GbE).

According to a release, 10GbE now comprises a majority of data center Ethernet switch connections.

In addition, Crehan Research Reports noted: Since first product introductions in 2001, 10GbE data center switching has overcome numerous hurdles on the path to majority adoption. These have included: -Very low port-density switches, with accompanying prices prohibitive to volume data center deployments.

-High-priced optical pluggable modules, accompanied by many different multi-source agreements and form-factors, with the market cycling through the 300pin, XENPAK, XPAK, XFP and X2 modules before finally settling at the current dominant SFP+ form-factor.

-Limited default or free 10GbE networking on volume rack servers to seed the market for a switch upgrade, similar to what happened with 1GbE.

-Slower-than-expected arrival of compelling 10GBASE-T solutions.

-Two major recessions in the aftermath of the housing and dot- com bubbles.

"When I first saw 10 gigabit Ethernet switches arrive on the market back in 2001, I never thought that we would be well into the next decade before these products would comprise a majority of data center Ethernet port shipments," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Despite a network traffic growth curve that turned out to be way above most expectations, this technology was encumbered by numerous obstacles on its way to becoming a majority of data center connections," he added.

Crehan Research expects that the majority adoption of 10GbE data center switches will now help enable deployments of the higher- speed, next-gen switches needed to uplink and aggregate the growing number of 10GbE data center connections.

Crehan Research produces reports with statistics and information on the data center switch and server-class adapter & LOM/controller markets.

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