According to Dell’Oro Group, 3Q12 10 Gbps Ethernet controller and adapter market results were almost flat sequentially, “a period that should have marked the beginning of widespread adoption of 10 Gbps server connectivity,” it adds. Notes Sameh Boujelbene, senior analyst/ Controller and Adapter Market, "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. 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.”

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