Network ports show healthy growth

Data centreSales of 100G network ports will grow by 262 percent between now and 2019, according to data supplied by IHS Technology.

Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks said that deployments of 1G and higher networking ports continues to grow with demand both from enterprises and service providers.

He said that the higher the port speed the higher the growth rate. “That means that 40G and 100G are the key growth segments of the market. Looking ahead, we expect 40G revenues to start falling as early as 2017, as enterprise and data centre demand shifts to the newly released QSFP-based 100G technology.”

IHS said that Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all introducing 100G Ethernet switching into their big hyperscale data centres.

The company released data showing that 1G/2.5G/10G/40G and 100G port shipments will exceed 700 million this year, worth an estimated $45 billion. 100G port shipments doubled in 2015 compared to 2014, with 163,000 shipped.