Virtualization has changed where and how applications are connected to end users. Traffic generated by machine-to-machine connections is surging, yet the typical network architecture and network products are still optimized for user-to-server connections. 2015 is a significant year as many manufactures have brought their new core switches to market that incorporate the software defined networking (SDN) architecture – where the controller and management software functions have been separated from the switch hardware. As the management and control functions from the physical Ethernet switch separate, server, storage and application manufacturers will have the opportunity to battle for supremacy in the data center.

Dell’Oro Group recently published another edition of Advanced Research: Data Center SDN Report (previously referred to as “Data Center Disruptors”) which evaluates the data center network and identifies the equipment which will likely be impacted by SDN in the next several years, including Ethernet Switch, Application Delivery Controller, and Network Security Appliance. The Report also outlines the disruptive elements to the Ethernet Switch market in the data center, including SDN, Cloud, Virtualization, and the impact of White Box Switch manufactures, while answering questions, such as:

  • How will the transition of server connectivity create opportunities for new entrants as well as traditional vendors?
  • Which port speed (10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps) will have the most growth over the next five years?
  • How fast is enterprise customer spend on networking equipment changing?
  • What is the vendor placement in the data center Ethernet Switch market for equipment manufacturers such as Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Extreme, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, and Juniper?

The Report includes a 5-year forecast on SDN in the data center, Ethernet switches in the data center (both by platform type and port speeds) and historical equipment manufacturer share.