Speed drives data centre switch market growth

Created February 9, 2022
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According to the recently-published Ethernet Switch – Data Center 5-Year Forecast Report, published report by Dell’Oro Group, the Ethernet Switch Data Centre market is forecast to grow at a nearly double-digit CAGR between 2021 and 2026. 400 Gbps, 800 Gbps, and 1600 Gbps speeds are forecast to drive more than 50% of the market revenues towards the end of the period.

“In line with our expectations, the data centre switch market has not only been resilient to the pandemic, but has actually benefited from it,” said Sameh Boujelbene, senior director at Dell’Oro Group. “As digital transformation initiatives have been accelerated by the pandemic, we are seeing strong growth in the Cloud and at the edge. Towards the end of our forecast horizon, we are predicting that Cloud Service Providers will drive more than 50% of the spending on data centre switches and will propel the adoption of 400 Gbps, 800 Gbps, and 1600 Gbps speeds.”

“It will be very interesting to see how the various data centre switch speeds continue to bifurcate,” added Boujelbene. “We are not only seeing a divergence between the Cloud and the non-Cloud segments in terms of their roadmap of migration to higher speeds but we are also seeing a divergence amongst the hyperscalers. Currently, each hyperscaler is making a distinct choice in terms of switch chips, switch radix, and network topology. We expect this divergence to increase when they migrate to next-generation networks in order to accommodate the need for new workloads such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

The forecast Report also found that:

  • The non-Cloud segment is at least two-speed upgrade cycles behind the Cloud segment.
  • The availability of higher speed optics and higher speed SerDes will continue to drive the adoption of higher switch port speeds ahead of Ethernet Standards.
  • Co-packaged optics will start to ramp towards the end of our forecast horizon, but pluggable optics will continue to dominate.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.