Customer adoption of 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 25GbE data center switches increased significantly in 2018, with shipments of each technology more than doubling year-over-year, according to the latest report from Crehan Research Inc.
This increase drove the overall data center Ethernet switch market to its strongest shipment growth since 2015 as well as to record revenue results. Annual 100GbE data center switch port shipments surpassed those of 40GbE, a transition that has occurred approximately just 3 years after initial high-density 100GbE switch silicon-based systems started production shipments, according to the research.
"10GbE and 40GbE data center switch shipments each declined in 2018, while 25GbE and 100GbE continued to grow significantly, signaling that we are now solidly in the 100/25GbE era," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Because of its compelling value propositions, this modern data center architecture is now being widely deployed across public, private, and hybrid cloud data centers to handle a broad and diverse set of application workloads."