The Dell’Oro Group is reporting that the Ethernet switch market grew almost 20 percent sequentially during the fourth quarter of 2009, with Cisco, HP and Juniper adding almost $600 million in incremental revenues.
“Year-end budget spending and supply constraints from the previous quarter helped propel market growth in the fourth quarter,” said Alan Weckel, Director of Ethernet Switch research at Dell’Oro Group, in a statement.
The Group expects market expansion in 2010, as 10 GigE (GE) grows as “not only as a server connectivity technology, but also as an aggregation technology within the data center,” Weckel added.
The report also shows that 10GE was the only market segment to show sequential port and revenue growth in 2009, due in large part to shipments of purpose-built fixed 10 GE boxes for the data center.
During 2009, 10 GE port shipments exceeded 2 million.
The majority of market revenue growth in 2010 is also forecast to come from these 10 GE products.