Intel about to shake up Ethernet switching

Ethernet is about to get a big shake up fairly soon when Intel releases its 10G-enabled server platform later this quarter.

The platform, which is code-named Romley, will use Xeon E5 chips and an embedded or modular 10G Ethernet “LAN-on-Motherboard”. It will be seen in blade and rack mount servers but will probably do better in blade servers.

Romley is copper-based 10GBaseT connectivity and expected to cause a fall in the price of 10G Ethernet.

Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Ittai Kidron has written in a bulletin about the servers that they will incorporate more powerful processing, faster interconnects, and more IO.

Kidron thinks that companies will have to upgrade to 10GbE as the Ethernet switch market sees significant boosts.

Network World found Kidron’s conclusions were the same as Dell‘Oro Group which told them that fixed 10G Ethernet will make up the majority of revenue in Ethernet switching by 2016. Some of this is due to data centre requirements for the higher-speed ports after the migration of servers from Gigabit Ethernet to 10G Ethernet LOM this year.

It is predicting that within five years, shipped 10G Ethernet ports will increase by over seven times – from just 8.5 million to 62.2 million.