According to a new analysis from Crehan Research, during the first half of calendar year 2022, shipments of 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) adapters and controllers (NICs) increased by a very strong 60 percent year over year, exceeding shipments of 10GbE.
As a result of the growth, 25GbE shipments reached more than 10 million ports, setting records for both 25GbE and server-class NIC shipments as a whole. In addition, 25GbE achieved the 10-million port shipment milestone in significantly shorter time than 10GbE did.
“The small price premium for two-and-a-half times more bandwidth, the rise of the hyper-scale cloud service provider segment, and the arrival of newer, bandwidth-hungry applications all contributed to the rapid market adoption of 25GbE,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.
50GbE and 100GbE NICs
The Crehan Research analysis further stated that the market adoption of 50GbE and 100GbE NICs, two alternative Ethernet NIC speeds coincided with the ramp-up of 25GbE.
“The pace and size of the market’s adoption of 25GbE is even more impressive given the existence of these two other new NIC speeds on the market, both of which have also seen very strong growth,” added Mr. Crehan.
In addition to the server-class NIC report, Crehan Research recently released a data center switch report demonstrating that during the first half of calendar year 2022, 25GbE data center switch shipments also outnumbered 10GbE data center switch sales.