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Global Data Center Networking Market - Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027
The global data center networking market is projected to reach USD 35 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.22% from 2022 to 2027. This market encompasses various components such as Ethernet switches, routers, ARM-based controllers, software-defined networking solutions, and other infrastructure, all of which are crucial for efficient data traffic transfer. Traditionally, data center network architecture consists of three layers: Access, Aggregation, and Core Layer.
The continuous establishment of 5+ cloud regions by global operators each year has led to increased investment in high-capacity and highly secure network infrastructure solutions. The adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) has gained significant momentum in the past few years and is expected to rise among data center operators and telecommunication service providers in developing markets in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe. With the growth of 5G deployments and edge facilities, we anticipate a sharp CAGR of over 20% in SDN spending from 2022 to 2027.
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The surge in network traffic is driving innovations in the data center network space. Facebook, as a hyperscale data center operator, consistently innovates its data center infrastructure through the Open Compute Project (OCP). In November 2021, Facebook introduced Wedge 400 and Wedge 400G Top of the Rack switches, powered by Broadcom and Cisco ASICs.
Cloud and content service providers are expanding their network investments from core to edge data centers. In developing countries, the migration from on-premise facilities to colocation centers is reducing spending on 1/10GbE switches while driving strong growth in 25/100GbE switches in modern data center environments.
The increasing adoption of cloud platforms for data storage worldwide will further drive the demand for network infrastructure in this sector, positioning the cloud industry as the dominant player in the market.
Technological advancements are also promoting the deployment of converged and hyper-converged network infrastructure, allowing data center operators to optimize space utilization and reduce capital expenditure.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including industry, product, and geography.
Segmentation by Industry
It & Telecom Sector
Other Industry Sectors
Segmentation by Products
Other Network Infrastructure
Segmentation by Geography
North America – US, Canada
APAC – China & Hong Kong, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, India, Rest of APAC
Western Europe – UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Other Western Europe
Central & Eastern Europe – Russia, Other Central & Eastern Europe Countries
Latin America – Brazil, Other Latin American Countries
Nordics – Sweden, Other Nordics Countries
Africa – South Africa, Other African Countries
Middle East – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Other Middle Eastern Countries
Southeast Asia – Singapore, Other Southeast Asia countries
In 2027, the cloud segment is expected to hold a dominant position in the industry, accounting for a 62% share. This signifies the increasing reliance on cloud services among businesses and organizations.
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is poised to witness substantial growth, with an absolute growth rate of 50% projected during the period from 2021 to 2027. This indicates the rapid adoption of advanced network infrastructure solutions in APAC countries, driven by factors such as digital transformation and expanding internet connectivity.
Spending on data center Ethernet switches is anticipated to exceed $70 billion between 2022 and 2027. The significant investment in these switches underscores their crucial role in facilitating efficient data transmission within data centers.
Over the period from 2022 to 2027, it is estimated that cloud, social media, and content service providers worldwide will spend more than $110 billion on procuring data center network infrastructure products. This considerable expenditure highlights the ongoing demand for robust and scalable network solutions in order to support the growing volume of digital services.
Across various industries such as BFSI (banking, financial services, and insurance), government, and telecom, there is a burgeoning need for advanced network infrastructure to cater to requirements such as data security and low latency services. This need is driving the demand for cutting-edge network solutions.
Although the deployment of network infrastructure in on-premise data centers is prevalent across industries globally, verticals such as government and BFSI are contributing significantly to the market’s growth. These sectors recognize the importance of reliable network infrastructure in their operations.
In terms of Ethernet switches, the growth of 25GbE and 100GbE network ports was notable in 2021. Vendors are actively exploring the potential of 200/400GbE switch ports and working towards optimizing network architecture with the introduction of 800GbE switches.
Key investment destinations for network infrastructure include countries like the United States, China, United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany. These countries are leading in terms of installing high-capacity switches with a capacity of 100 GbE and above. However, other emerging countries are also catching up with investment in network infrastructure.
Software-defined networking (SDN) adoption is gaining momentum worldwide, with organizations across various countries embracing this technology. For example, companies such as Skanska Construction in the UK, Helvetia in Europe, and Isbank in Turkey have implemented SDN solutions from different vendors operating in the market. This underlines the global trend towards adopting SDN for enhanced network flexibility and management.
The increasing demand for cutting-edge data center network infrastructure solutions is being driven by facilities that are experiencing a growing need for handling AI, IoT, and big data workloads. In response, vendors are continuously striving to innovate their networking portfolio, aiming to provide solutions that offer enhanced efficiency, scalability, and reliability in such environments.
To meet the evolving demands, vendors are also focusing on developing switches with a capacity of 400 GbE, which are expected to be deployed across various locations in the coming years. Furthermore, there are plans to launch 800 GbE switches to further enhance network capabilities.
In November 2020, Fujitsu and EdgeUno announced their partnership, with the aim of deploying Fujitsu’s advanced 1FINITY platform within EdgeUno’s data center interconnection network in Colombia. This collaboration showcases the industry’s commitment to leveraging innovative solutions for efficient data center networking.
Moreover, several network infrastructure providers are actively engaged in the OCP (Open Compute Project) community, ensuring their offerings are in line with OCP standards. These providers continuously innovate their products and services, keeping pace with the evolving requirements of the industry.
Key companies profiled in this report include Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista Networks, Black Box Offers, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Digisol Systems, D-Link, Enterprise Engineering Solutions (EES), Extreme Networks, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei Technologies, Intel, Inventec, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Marvell Technology, MiTAC Computing Technology, Oracle, Quanta Cloud Technology (Quanta Computer), Ruijie Networks, Tripp Lite (EATON), Super Micro Computer, ZTE.
Key Questions Answered
What will be the market size of the Global Data Center Network Market in 2027?
The estimated market size of the Global Data Center Network Market in 2027 is valued at $35.64 billion.
What are the segments covered in the report?
The report covers segments of the data center network market based on product type, industry sector, and geography.
What drives the Data Center Network Market?
The Data Center Network Market is driven by factors such as the adoption of software-defined networking (SDN), the impact of increased adoption of cloud-based services, growing investments in data centers, and the adoption of high-capacity switches, among others.
What are the latest trends in the market?
The latest trends in the Data Center Network Market include the adoption of AI and ML, increased adoption of OCP network infrastructure, and the use of converged and hyperconverged network infrastructure in networking.
Which regions are covered under the Data Center Network Market?
The Data Center Network Market covers regions such as North America, Western Europe, Nordics, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and APAC.
Which region dominates the Data Center Network Market?
Currently, North America dominates the Data Center Network Market.
Who are the major vendors operating in the Data Center Network Market?
Some of the major vendors operating in the data center network market include Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies, Arista Networks, Juniper Networks, Broadcom, and others.