Cloud to Dictate Ethernet Switch Market Growth and Open Up Opportunities for New Entrants


Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Powerful New Customers Expected to Change Data Center Networking

Redwood City, Calif. – November 9, 2012 – Customer requirements have always influenced the features vendors incorporate into their Ethernet Switch products.  However, with the migration in the data center towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet for server access, it has become clear that vendors are coming out with unique products optimized for specific deployments.  Therefore, Dell'Oro group has created an advanced research report to assess the magnitude of the Ethernet Switch market by location of deployment.  The result is a better understanding of vendor strengths and weaknesses and the drivers of growth behind a market that now exceeds $20 B.

"For the first time in the market, customers are consolidating data centers and connecting those servers to the network with three different speeds, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet," said Alan Weckel, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Moving infrastructure towards the hosted environment of the Cloud and looking towards Software Defined Networking is resulting in a battle for supremacy in data center. It is also causing unique requirements and solutions across the customers. The result is that there has never been a better time for new entrants or a better opportunity for existing vendors to gain share."

The report also indicates that Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Extreme, HP, IBM, and Juniper are the largest vendors in the data center in terms of revenue for 2011.

To purchase the Advanced Research Report: Ethernet Cloud (Nov 2012), please contact Emily Kendall, call +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email

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