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March 18, 2015 17:35 ET

Infonetics: Data Center Ethernet Switching Goes Bare Metal

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), today forecast that bare metal switches, which decouple hardware from software and offer greater agility and cost savings over traditional data center switches, will make up just under a quarter of all data center ports shipped worldwide in 2019, up from 11 percent in 2014. 

Infonetics' fourth quarter 2014 (4Q14) and year-end Data Center Network Equipment vendor market share, size and forecast report tracks data center Ethernet switches, bare metal Ethernet switches, Ethernet switches sold in bundles, application delivery controllers (ADCs) and wide area network (WAN) optimization products.

"Up till now, bare metal switching has been attractive mainly to the large cloud service providers (CSPs) like Google and Amazon who provide their own switch software integrated into data center orchestration and management platforms. But with vendors such as Dell and HP jumping into the mix with branded bare metal switches, adoption of bare metal switching is going to accelerate as tier 2 CSPs and large enterprises endeavor to achieve the nimbleness demonstrated by Google," said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center, cloud and SDN at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.


  • Global data center network equipment revenue -- including data center Ethernet switches, ADCs and WAN optimization appliances (WOAs) -- grew 8 percent in 2014 from 2013, to $11.2 billion
  • In the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), the data center Ethernet switch market was up 5 percent sequentially, affected positively by CSP and financial institution spending
  • The ADC segment has grown consistently on a year-over-year basis for the last 7 quarters
  • Interest in optimizing the WAN via software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is strong, but the WAN optimization segment has yet to return to long-term growth
  • 25GE ports will begin shipping in 4Q15, representing a new 25/100GE architecture for data center fabrics targeted at large CSPs, a key high-end market segment
  • Following double-digit increases in 2011 through 2014, long-term growth in the data center market is expected to slow down by 2019, braked by the migration to software-defined networking (SDN) and the shift to the cloud

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Infonetics' quarterly data center equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends for data center network equipment, including data center Ethernet switches, ADCs, WOAs and Ethernet switches sold in bundles. Vendors tracked: A10, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista, Array Networks, Aryaka, Barracuda, Blue Coat, Brocade, CloudGenix, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Exinda, F5, HP, Huawei, IBM, Ipanema, Juniper, Kemp, NEC, Radware, Riverbed, Siaras, Silver Peak, Talari, VeloCloud, Viptela and others. To purchase the report, contact Infonetics:


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  • Bare Metal Switching: Is it for Everyone? (Apr. 30: Learn more)
  • Software-Defined WAN for Agility and Cost Savings (June 16: Learn more)


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    Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
    Directing Analyst, Data Center, Cloud and SDN
    Infonetics Research / IHS
    +1 408-583-3385
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    Twitter: @cliffgrossner