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Higher prices, backlog release catapult data center switch sales to record level

According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks, and data center industries, global sales of Data Center Switches witnessed an impressive growth of more than 20 percent in 1Q 2023, representing the fourth consecutive quarter of record-breaking revenue levels. The growth was broad-based across all major vendors, with Arista and Nvidia leading the pack and significantly outpacing market performance.

“The substantial growth was primarily fueled by the ongoing release of the backlog as supply conditions continue to improve. In fact, some vendors reported 40 percent reduction in lead times on certain products compared to the prior quarter,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Additionally, the market started to see some positive impact of list price increases implemented by most vendors about a year ago, as newer backlogs started to gradually get released.

“Revenue growth was broad-based across all major vendors, with Arista leading the pack by growing three times faster than the overall market and gaining over six points of revenue share in the quarter. Another standout performer was Nvidia, surpassing market growth and gaining more than one point of revenue share during the quarter,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2023 Ethernet Switch – Data Center Report:

  • Cloud Service Providers accounted for nearly two-thirds of the revenue growth in the quarter, while the Large Enterprise segment contributed to the remaining share.
  • Further fueled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications, shipments of 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps switches constituted approximately 25 percent of the revenue and 20 percent of the total shipments. Although Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta continue to drive the majority of deployments, we observed an increasing number of shipments directed toward Tier 2/3 Cloud Service Providers and Large Enterprises.

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