Overall for 2014, Infonetics has sized the global data center network equipment market at $11.2 billion in 2014 for an 8 percent year-over-year gain.
Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc., is reporting that bare metal switches accounted for 11 percent of all data center ports shipped worldwide in 2014. By 2019, Infonetics is forecasting that approximately 12 million bare metal data center Ethernet switch ports will ship, representing just under a quarter of all data center ports shipped globally.
Bare metal switches are switches that are not locked into a specific network operating system. The move toward bare metal switches is being pushed forward in part by the Open Compute Project’s networking effort, which got started in May 2013. Multiple vendors are embracing the open networking approach, including Juniper, HP and Dell.