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Dell’Oro Group says Gigabit ‘finally emerging as most important volume technology’

According to a recent report by Dell'Oro Group, Ethernet switch market port shipments are forecasted to grow from 2...


August 2, 2006  


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According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, Ethernet switch market port shipments are forecasted to grow from 224 million in 2005 to 324 million in 2010.

The report indicates that Gigabit Ethernet switch port shipments will achieve a majority share of total ports shipped by 2007, and continue to expand through 2010.

Although there continues to be an upgrade cycle within some sub-segments of the Fast Ethernet market, overall growth rates have slowed significantly.

At the same time, Gigabit Ethernet has become the de facto speed in all areas of the network except one — connecting desktop PCs to the LAN.

However, Dell’Oro noted that it has started to make significant inroads into this area, with many large enterprises standardizing on this speed as their desktop connection.

“Feedback from our end-user interviews in conjunction with our own data indicates that many large enterprises upgraded their desktop switch purchases to Gigabit Ethernet in 2005. said Seamus Crehan, senior director of Ethernet Switch Research for Dell’Oro Group.

“Currently we believe that medium-sized businesses are in the process of a similar upgrade. In contrast, small businesses are not yet upgrading their Ethernet Switch purchases to Gigabit.”