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Dell’Oro Group forecasts acceleration of data centre convergence

According to a recent report by Dell'Oro Group, significant new Ethernet Switch product introductions should help p...


July 24, 2008  


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According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, significant new Ethernet Switch product introductions should help propel market growth especially over the next year as products geared towards the data centre begin to ramp in the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009.

“We anticipate that the Ethernet switch market will segment into more specialized products for different functional network areas,” said Alan Weckel, senior analyst of Dell’Oro Group.

“For example, products focused on the data centre are evolving with features such as converged fabric that provide the ability to combine Ethernet and Fiber Channel.

“Meanwhile, products for the wiring closet continue to push convergence of VoIP and WLAN with features addressing PoE, QoS, and robust security and authentication.”

The report indicates that this divergence in products will make it difficult for vendors in the future to develop a product for one segment of the market and then modify it slightly to address another segment.