This research report titled ‘Data Center Fabric Market in the US 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all leading regions.
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“Enterprises are looking for alternative products and technologies to reduce on their data center infrastructure spending. IT infrastructure spending in the US is rising exponentially, and will continue to grow during the forecast period. Increased spending is the result of adding more server, storage, and network units to the data center environment. It also makes the data center operational environment complex. Many worldwide enterprises, CSPs, and telecommunications service providers have their headquarters in the US with more than 3,000 data centers across the country,” said Rakesh Panda, one of Technavio’s lead analysts for data center research.
“To reduce costs and fulfill the market demand vendors are taking steps to improve fabric technology that supports cloud workloads and big data analytics efficiently. With the use of fabric switches, the need for more server input/output (I/O) adapters and cabling can be reduced by about 40%. It also helps in the elimination of unnecessary switching infrastructure, and reduces cooling and power costs by up to 20%. Many enterprises such as Facebook that operate tier 3 and tier 4 data centers have therefore adopted fabric technology in the US. Over the forecast period, many enterprises with large data centers are anticipated to rapidly adopt this technology,” added Rakesh.
Top four segments of the global data center fabric market in the US:
- Data center fabric switches
- Data center fabric SAN switches
- Data center fabric routers
- Data center fabric network
Data center fabric switches market in the US
The data center fabric switches market in the US was valued at USD 1.25 billion in 2015. Fabric switches are a combination of hardware and software that facilitates the transfer of data between network nodes through the network port. Fabric switches comprise switching units in a node along with integrated circuits and programming interface to control switching paths. These switches are separate from routers and the bus technology, which helps moving data through nodes. The term fabric is used to express the complexity and web-like structure of ports and switching paths in a node. Fabric switches include shared memory and data buffers, and help overcome network failures.
Data center fabric SAN switches market in the US
The data center fabric SAN switches market in the US was valued at close to USD 588.5 million in 2015. SAN fabric uses fibre channel switching technology to interconnect server and storage infrastructure. SAN helps provide block-level storage for applications running on a network of servers. SAN storage consists of disk-based devices such as redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) hardware, and tape libraries.
SAN infrastructure plays an important role in secure and consistent data transfer of infrastructure. SAN fabric provides faster and reliable access than higher-level protocols used in network-attached storage (NAS). SAN fabric switch is a director class switch with built-in redundancy, performance, and scalability features for flexible requirements. Switched storage is a network topology, wherein storage devices are connected to many switches.
Data center fabric routers market in the US
The data center fabric routers market in the US was valued at USD 432.7 million in 2015. A fabric router can be an external router or an internal one embedded in a switch or director hardware. Fabric routing is a procedure for distributed routing to achieve maximum performance, optimized traffic flows, and low latency inside the data center fabric. In a data center, east-west traffic (server-to-server traffic) covers 75% of the overall network traffic. Nearest hop routing is made possible when the traffic is routed by an immediate switch or router to the target destination, irrespective of the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) status.
In fabric routing, every router is active and the maximum aggregated routing throughput is equal to the performance of the network switches. This aids in minimizing traffic load by creating the nearest hop routing within the fabric. The implementation method varies from one architecture to another. The performance of fabric routing enhances the efficiency of data center networking by minimizing latency. Vendors in the data center fabric market have to ensure that the data traffic latency is very low in their architectural designs.
Data center fabric network management software market in the US
The data center fabric network management software market in the US was valued at USD131.4 million in 2015. Fabric management software such as Cisco Fabric Manager aids in the management of network fabric infrastructure. Almost all vendors in the fabric market that offer fabric switches and routers also provide fabric software for efficient management of the network infrastructure in data centers. The fabric software comes with troubleshooting capabilities and as a centralized management service. It also helps managing fabric storage and servers, creating a virtual server, monitoring the data transfer rate, and integrating the infrastructure partner framework, security, and many more operations through administrative rights.
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