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New IDC study analyzes ATCA adoption in the telecommunications sector

As much as 50% of the network equipment provider (NEP) community will adopt advanced telecommunications computer ar...


May 15, 2006  


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As much as 50% of the network equipment provider (NEP) community will adopt advanced telecommunications computer architecture (ATCA) in parts of their product line by 2007, according to a recent IDC survey.

Additionally, IDC anticipates more than 900% growth in ATCA adoption with revenue increasing from US$790 million in 2007 to US$8.6 billion in 2011.

“Rates of ATCA adoption vary, with some companies adopting immediately and others waiting until the next wave of design wins in order to adopt more of these commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based components for future telecom server products,” said Lee Doyle, group vice president of Network Infrastructure at IDC.

The research firm notes that ATCA faces a number of challenges to its widespread adoption. The technology needs to prove itself in terms of reliability, scalability, and performance.

“The ATCA community needs to prove its products will adhere to standards and will be truly interoperable. ATCA board and chassis volumes need to ramp up to provide expected cost benefits,” it said.

According to recent IDC findings, the NEP community is very supportive of the goals of ATCA and COTS technology and sees the value in having a common platform that meets their specific needs.

The new study, ATCA Opportunity: Adoption of Computing Architectures in Network Equipment, includes a market forecast (2006-2011) and survey results of more than 25 top executives at 15 network equipment manufacturers.