Data Center Switch Market Hits $12B in 2015, Reports Crehan Research

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 2015 was another year of growth for the data center switch market, according to the most recent report from Crehan Research Inc. The firm reported that Ethernet, which accounts for the majority of data center switch revenues, grew 7% in 2015, and that InfiniBand revenues surged to a record year, surpassing its prior record of 2012. In contrast with Ethernet and InfiniBand, Fibre Channel switch revenues declined slightly following growth in 2014 – see accompanying figure.

In addition to the top-level performance of Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand, notable results from Crehan's data center switch report include:
•10GBASE-T and 40GbE were the main data center Ethernet switch growth drivers in 2015, with both technologies seeing an approximate doubling of annual shipments
•Modular data center Ethernet switch shipments returned to growth after two consecutive years of decline
•25GbE/50GbE/100GbE data center switches saw initial shipments in 4Q15, along with the server adapters to connect to these switches. These products are expected to ramp strongly in the second half of 2016
•Cisco accounted for 60% of total data center Ethernet switch revenue in 2015
•Arista's total data center Ethernet switch revenue increased more than 40% in 2015, resulting in a two-point share gain
•Huawei's 4Q15 data center Ethernet switch revenue more than doubled year-over-year, as data center upgrades and build-outs continued to be strong in China despite macro-economic volatility
•For full-year 2015, 16Gbps Fibre Channel became a solid majority of total Fibre Channel switch shipments, laying the foundation for the ramp of recently introduced 32Gbps Fibre Channel products
•White box and ODM-direct data center Ethernet switching accounted for 4% of total 2015 data center switch revenue

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