The pipes are getting bigger and bigger. This afternoon Infonetics Research published a new report claiming that the market for 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) grew by 47% in 2008 to $10.8 billion. These numbers include optical transport technology and shipments to both enterprises and service providers. Most of those port shipments were 10 GbE, the firm said, but 40 GbE port shipments nearly tripled in 2008.
Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics’ directing analyst for Ethernet voice and data, said that 10 GbE port shipments in particular are driving overall growth in the Ethernet market. Enterprises are pushing to bring 1 GbE connections to desktops, which requires 10 GbE uplinks to the network edge. Because of this trend, 10 GbE port shipments grew by 78% last year, compared to overall Ethernet market growth of 2%.
The first pre-standard 100 GbE port shipments are expected to begin in late 2009. I’m already starting to hear from a few vendors about how they’re going to position themselves for that.