Network-intelligence platforms, cloud fuel a run on faster Ethernet

2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for all things Ethernet.

First of all, the ubiquitous networking technology is having a banner year already in the data center where in the first quarter alone, the switching market recorded its strongest year-over-year revenue growth in over five years, and 100G Ethernet port shipments more than doubled year-over-year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group researchers.

The 16-percent switching growth was, “driven by the large-tier cloud hyperscalers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook but also by enterprise customers,” said Sameh Boujelbene, senior director at Dell’Oro.

IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker” said the Ethernet switch market grew 10.9 percent in 1Q18 – a strong uptick from the 3.5-percent growth recorded year-over-year between 1Q16 and 1Q17. The quarter’s growth also outpaced the full year 2017 growth of 5.5 percent.

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