Gartner Research

Data Center Ethernet Switch Market Profile

Published: 20 December 2010

ID: G00207174

Analyst(s): Jack Stackhouse


The data center Ethernet switch market is composed of a new set of product offerings designed to meet specific data center networking requirements including high bandwidth connectivity, server virtualization, and changing application traffic flows. Data center networks are rapidly evolving and enterprise IT network planners should begin to evaluate whether or not their current data center network infrastructure meets current and future requirements. If the answer is no, then the enterprise has an opportunity to evaluate all vendors in this new data center Ethernet switch market in order to find replacement product sets that best meet their data center network requirements.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Gartner's Opinion

Market Landscape

  • Market Definition

Market Dynamics

  • Market Drivers
    • Cost Reduction
    • Virtualization
    • I/O Consolidation
    • Application Architecture
    • Cloud Computing
  • Technology Trends
    • Data Center Ethernet Switch Technology Characteristics
    • Standards Defining Data Center Network Support
  • Vendor Trends
    • Cisco Systems
    • HP
    • Juniper Networks
    • Brocade
    • Avaya
    • Force10 Networks
    • BLADE Network Technologies
  • Futures

Further Information


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