Server Migration to 10 Gbps Network Connections Underwhelms During 3Q12, According to Dell'Oro Group

1 Gbps Continues to Reign, Dominated by Broadcom and Intel

Nov 21, 2012, 09:00 ET from Dell'Oro Group

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for information about the telecommunications and networking industries, 10 Gbps Ethernet controller and adapter market results were almost flat sequentially during the third quarter—a period which should have marked the beginning of widespread adoption of 10 Gbps server connectivity.


"We see two key factors constraining server migration to 10 Gbps network connectivity; first, slow migration to Romley-based server platforms, and second, users continue to opt for 1 Gbps—the price premium for 10 Gbps versus 1 Gbps is too wide of a gap," said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Analyst covering the Controller and Adapter market at Dell'Oro Group.  "The Romley server transition is looking to be a four-to-five quarter transition rather than a two-to-three quarter transition for many of the major server manufacturers.  Third quarter 2012 was a critical quarter as we expected some of the large server manufacturers to be shipping mostly Romley-based servers, but this did not manifest," added Boujelbene. 

The Controller and Adapter report tracks 10 Gbps migration onto stand-alone vs. blade servers and provides insight into how the 10 Gbps adoption rate varies by these major server segments.  The report also details daughter card port shipments and average selling prices, as well as the progress of 10G Base-T, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and InfiniBand.

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The Dell'Oro Group Controller and Adapter Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, unit, and port shipments (by speed 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, and 40 Gbps) for Ethernet and Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) controllers and adapters.  The report also includes coverage on InfiniBand controllers and adapters.

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