According to Dell’Oro market research, in the second quarter of 2009, Broadcom Corporation’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) controllers achieved 69.3 percent market share (up from 44 percent in the first quarter of 2009) with the next closest competitor rating 15.7 percent market share. Broadcom has actively grown its 10GbE controller business from zero market share as of the first quarter of 2008.
10GbE is increasingly important for virtual environments. As CPU cores continue to scale and network speeds increase, IT managers often prefer to run more virtual machines on a single system. This requires an increase in network bandwidth, which makes 10GbE connectivity necessary for these networks. At 10 Gbps, a single server can run even more virtual machines allowing for greater server consolidation and a subsequent reduction in capital asset costs for IT departments. Broadcom’s 10GbE controller technology provides hardware acceleration, offload functionality, and increased networking bandwidth, while reducing latency.