Forecast Update: Datacom Optical Components

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 32
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Forecast Update: Datacom Optical Components
Introduction

The current forecast period is one of profound change. The transition to 10GbE from 1GbE brings architecture and protocol changes as well as increased speed. Fibre Channel will be affected by converged networking. InfiniBand and proprietary interconnect are hitching themselves to the technology bandwagon for 40 and 100G Ethernet, but they are also steering optical technology in new directions.

Features and benefits
  • Connect the dots between high-level IT buzzwords like "converged networking" and "flat architecture" and their meaning in the optical modules market.
  • Find out how far along the transition to 10GbE is based on system and component data, and what the implications are for 40G and 100G.
  • Learn where optics provides value in high-performance computing, system interconnect, and consumer electronics.
Highlights

Datacom optics at the module level will exceed $1.7bn by 2015, growing at a six-year CAGR (2009-15) of 13%. Merchant discrete components that go into the modules will add an additional amount in excess of $140m, growing at a similar rate.A strong recovery in late 2009 has been followed by flattening in 2010. However, the sedate big picture masks furious product substitution churn. It also masks differences between data centers, enterprise LAN, small and medium business datacom, and high-perfomance computing.For optics, the changes in datacenter and high-performance computing drive the forecast growth. Late 2011 through early 2013 will be a critical period as we watch what happens with adoption of 10 GbE for LAN-on-motherboard in servers with switches following suit.

Your key questions answered
  • How quickly is 10GbE substituting for 1GbE? Will 10GBase-T hurt or help optical 10GbE modules?
  • How will converged networking affect the Fibre Channel market?
  • What are active optical cables and optical engines, and where do they play?
  • What are new drivers and directions for optical modules and interconnect technology?
SUMMARY

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FORECAST SUMMARY

Global datacom optics revenues will surpass $1.7bn in 2015

RESULTS FOR 3Q10

Short-reach portion of OC revenues, driven by early enterprise recovery, up 15% sequentially in 3Q10
Ethernet switch port shipments flat in 2Q10 and 3Q10 due to decline in FastE; GbE and above continue to grow
Storage revenues back to historical growth and seasonality

LONG-RANGE MARKET FORECAST DRIVERS AND BARRIERS

Network is the bottleneck; data centers pull technology advances

PRODUCT GROUP FORECASTS

Ethernet transceivers
  Multiple drivers for 10GbE beyond bandwidth
  Multiple versions of copper 10GbE will persist
  10GBase-T will mount a renewed attack on the <100m market next year with LANon-motherboard

40GBE AND 100GBE OPTIONS ABOUND

Virtualization and cloud trends bring WAN into datacom
Fibre Channel
  Storage vendors have joined the converged network bandwagon
  Majority of Fibre Channel (FC) optics at risk even if FC functionality remains
  FC transitioned to 8Gbps in 2010
  Transition to 16x FC expected to begin next year
InfiniBand
  Speed roadmap back on pace through FDR, but uncertain timing for EDR
  Active optical cables take an increasing share of IB market; IB is dominant AOC application
Parallel interconnect
  Optical backplane benefits go beyond extending distance
  Optical interconnect aims to tackle volume consumer electronics
Discrete components used in datacom modules

MARKET SCENARIOS AND WARNING SIGNS

Many changes are hitting the datacom market at the same time

APPENDIX

Methodology
Further reading
Author
Ovum Consulting
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