Ethernet Fabric Switches Market: Introduction
Promoted for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI storage traffic, Ethernet fabric switches have gained traction in recent times. Ethernet fabric switches are the inclusion of Data Center Bridging (DCB, IEEE 802.1aq, IETF standard, and Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL). These inclusions provide efficiency in moving data throughout a network. Ethernet fabric switches are self-aggregating, which enables a flatter network.
Other characteristics of Ethernet fabric switches include the connection mechanism that makes them intelligent, as switches know about each other and all connected devices. Ethernet fabric switches are scalable, as they always have all the paths available in the network to provide high performance and greater reliability. The mechanism which Ethernet fabric switches follow is to move the data through the shortest path, which makes the process efficient. Since the fabric in managed as a single logical entity, Ethernet fabric switches are seen to be simple.
An Ethernet fabric provides a low-cost, high-speed, ultra-low-latency, lossless, and scalable network infrastructure. It can offer a full cross-sectional interconnect for 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) or 10 GE attached servers, and allows the compute and storage servers to maximize aggregate compute power in a cost effective way. As per the definition, Ethernet fabric switches are components which move data coming in to a network node out by the correct port (door) to the next node in the network. Switching fabric includes the switching units (individual boxes) in a node, the integrated circuits that they contain, and the programming that allows switching paths to be controlled. The switching fabric is independent of the bus.
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Ethernet Fabric Switches Market: Drivers and Challenges
One of the drivers for the Ethernet fabric switches market is the increasing number of data centers all round the world. This has brought about a surge in the sales of Ethernet fabric switches in the global market. Other drivers for the Ethernet fabric switches market are based on the functionality of these devices. These drivers include flexibility to meet the bandwidth, lossless Ethernet capability, no spanning tree, suitability for all applications, and node & link level redundancy. One more driver for Ethernet fabric switches is that they are usually much cheaper than fibre channel switches. Also, with increasing virtualization, Ethernet fabric switches are likely to become more attractive, particularly for new roll-outs.
Some of the restraints for the Ethernet fabric switches market have been related to the area or place they work in. Ethernet fabric switches are best suited for small and medium businesses, but are not comparably suitable for large businesses as per their work requirements. Ethernet fibre switches are probably yet to have a full-fledged hold on the market; fibre channel switches are still seen to be have a firm grip on the market.
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Ethernet Fabric Switches Market: Segmentation
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Ethernet Fabric Switches Market: Key Players
Some of the key players in the Ethernet fabric switches market are Cisco, Juniper Networks, HPE, Arista, Nokia, Fujitsu, Extreme Networks, Harting, Advantech, and Siemens, among others.
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Ethernet Fabric Switches Market: Regional Overview
On the basis of geography, the Ethernet fabric switches market can be segmented across North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, SEA and other APAC, Japan, and Middle East & Africa. Among these various regions, the North American Ethernet fabric switches market is seen to be leading in terms of value, with the U.S. being the most attractive market in the region.
The North American market for Ethernet fabric switches is followed by China and Western Europe. The region with the fastest rate of growth in the Ethernet fabric switches market for the forecast period is expected to be SEA and Other APAC, due to the rising number of businesses in the region which would relate to the Ethernet fabric switches market.
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Regional analysis for the Ethernet fabric switches market includes:
- North America
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Western Europe
- Rest of Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Rest of Eastern Europe
- SEA and other APAC
- Australia and New Zealand (A&NZ)
- Rest of SEA and other APAC
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- North Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of MEA
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