Data Center Switch Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Data Center Switch Market is segmented by Switch Type (Core Switches, Access Switches, Distribution Switches), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Data Center Switch Market Bar Graph
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.2 %

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Market Overview

The data center switch was valued at USD 13.61 billion in 2020, and it is expected to be worth USD 18.44 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.2% during 2021-2026. The data center switch is an evolving technology with a distinct class of switch and networking infrastructure. The data center switch is a high-performance switch largely for large enterprises and cloud providers who depend heavily on virtualization. It can be stationed throughout the data center or to attach a two-tier (leaf-spine) or one-tier flat mesh or fabric architecture.

  • The factors such as advancement in edge computing, cloud computing, government regulations regarding localization of data centers, huge data center operational cost, and progress in smart computing devices are anticipated to significantly influence the growth of the global data center switch market.
  • The principal trend that is supporting data center is the cloud and its connection to billions of connected devices such as autonomous vehicles, PCs, virtual reality systems, and others. For instance, 80% of all enterprise (and mission-critical) workloads will move to the cloud (Oracle's Cloud Prediction, 2019). Even as the absolute number of files stored in the cloud has grown rapidly, the percentage of files that contain sensitive data has also grown, today standing at 21% with an increase of 17% over the past two years.
  • Globally, with the increasing demand for data, the need for data centers is rising, as major cloud vendors are focusing on commissioning numerous data center projects, with significant investments. For instance, Amazon, a global leader in terms of cloud management, is increasingly investing in building data centers across the world, especially in the emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific. The company plans to invest USD 1.5 billion for building two data centers in India, mainly for its AWS wing.
  • The increasing demand for the cloud and data traffic moving from and within the data centers are expected to bolster the market growth, over the forecast period. According to Cisco Systems, the cloud data center IP traffic is expected to reach 19,509 exabytes per year by 2021, as compared to 1,046 exabytes per year of traditional data center traffic.
  • COVID-19 could cause delays to large business deals including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures that require due diligence. While overall demand for digital services is expected to rise rapidly, the impact of lockdowns and layoffs means that many businesses will experience a crunch, cutting costs and potentially declaring bankruptcy. Bigger data center operators, especially those with hyperscale contracts, will be able to weather this but the smaller firms, operating in one or a few cities with lots of local customers, may not and this could affect the data center switch market till the pandemic ends.

Scope of the Report

The data center switch is normally found in the server area within a data center and is one of the indispensable necessities in the premises used to connect multiple devices on the same network within the data center. ​ A switch connects the servers and creates a network of shared resources, that serves as a controller, and allows the connected devices to share information and communicate with each other.​

Data center switches improve security, simplify operations, automate processes, and help in dynamically managing application traffic flows in the cloud network. They support the deployment of multiple types, notably cloud environments, without sacrificing on the manageability, scalability, and performance in data centers.​ In this report, qualitative trends have been captured for switches with various bandwidths and the technology such as the ethernet, fiber channel that is currently being used in the industry under the technology snapshot subheading.

Switch Type
Core Switches
Distribution Switches
Access Switches
North America
Unites States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Ethernet Technology is expected to drive the market further

  • Ethernet speeds are operating anywhere from 10 Mbps to 400Gbps. For instance, most high-speed Internet home services are currently maxing out at about 60 Mbps for copper-based services, while Fiber services are now offering “near gigabit Ethernet” speeds. With enterprise connectivity options from service providers hit speeds, ethernet technology has become a necessity for data center, thus offering a lucrative opportunity for data center switch market expansion.
  • The steady march to 100 Gigabit Ethernet in data center networks appears to have progressed, with a prediction of 19.4 million 100GbE ports per year would be shipped by 2022, up from 4.6 million in 2017 (Dell EMC, 2018). Large service providers and some hyperscale cloud platforms have already adopted 100GbE, for running high-performance computing or cloud infrastructure services. In addition, bandwidth and low-latency needs of the workloads in mainstream data centers are also reaching the point where 100GbE can help.
  • Gigabit Ethernet, moving traffic at speeds of as fast as 1 Gbps, is a defacto standard in mobile platforms that require to support higher volumes of traffic, delay-sensitive data (video, sensors, VoIP) or multiple devices on the same platform (computer, IP phone, IP camera, sensors, etc). Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue grew 8.9% year over year in last quarter of 2019 and was up 7.8% in 2019 compared to 2018 which significantly increased the market share of Huwawei in the market.
  • In 2018, HMS Networks concluded that Industrial Ethernet had surpassed traditional fieldbuses for the first time, and this development continued in 2019. With a steady growth rate of 20%, Industrial Ethernet now makes up for 59% of the global market in 2019 compared to 52% in 2018. EtherNet/IP contributed 15% of the market making it the largest contributor, but PROFINET has also witnessed 14%. Other industrial ethernets are EtherCAT at 7%, Ethernet POWERLINK at 5%, and Modbus-TCP at 4%, all of which are showing stable growth.
Data Center Switch Market Share

North America Occupies a Dominant Market Share for Data Center Switches

  • The United States currently has the highest number of data centers across the globe and is witnessing robust growth in terms of volume of big data and traffic owing to the increase in the number of data centers. ​ According to Cisco Systems, the volume of big data in data center storage worldwide is expected to reach 403 exabytes by 2021 of which a huge share will be accounted for by the US.​
  • The expansion of mobile broadband, growth in cloud computing, and Big Data analytics are driving the demand for new data center infrastructures in the region. ​ Moreover, the declining prices of servers have increased the adoption of cloud computing businesses across North America, which is expected to fuel the demand for switches over the forecast period.​
  • Several companies are investing in the expansion of their operations to strengthen their global footprint and enhance their market presence in the region. ​For instance, in January 2020, Stack Infrastructure, a wholesale data center colocation provider, raised more than USD 1 billion to build a massive 125 acre, 4 million square foot campus in Northern Virginia. The new data center campus is expected to offer more than 250 megawatts of critical capacity with flexible build-to-suit facilities capable of serving large data center users. ​
  • Moreover, multinational companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and Google, etc., are investing in green data centers to power through renewable sources.​ For instance, in 2019, Google invested over USD 13 billion in data centers and offices in the United States. Such developments in the market are expected to boost the number of facilities that operate over the forecast period. ​
Data Center Switch Market Growth By Region

Competitive Landscape

The Data Centre Switch market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. However, in terms of market share, few of these major companies currently dominate the market. The companies follow a number of strategies including expansions, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations, partnerships, and others, these market players have become able to strengthen their position in the business. The major market players interpreted in the global data center switch market report include Cisco, Jupiter Networks, Dell EMC, Arista Networks, ZTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mellanox, Huawei, Extreme Networks, etc.

  • February 2020 - Arista Networks has acquired Big Switch Networks, a network monitoring, and Software-Defined Networking developer. The acquisition of Big Switch will further strengthen the company’s network monitoring and observability suite delivered through Arista’s software platform CloudVision and Data ANalyZer capabilities.
  • October 2019 - Juniper Networks, started the first phase of migration of Telefonica UK’s services to the Telefonica UK Fusion Network, which is a brand new infrastructure for which Juniper Networks is the IP network provider. Juniper Networks and Telefonica together designed the Fusion Network to transform the customer experience for mobile, residential, and business services globally
  • January 2019 - Huawei launched a data center switch that uses artificial intelligence (AI) chip, which was primarily designed to improve performance and reduce latency to near zero marks. The Cloud Engine 16800 series of data center switches use AI to improve the network operations and are also expected to provide an underlying network foundation for companies, in order to create new apps that utilize AI for network performance.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Augmented Demand for Cloud & Edge Computing Services

      2. 4.2.2 Government Regulations Regarding Localization of Data Centers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Data Center Operational Cost

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Technology Snapshot

      1. 4.5.1 Bandwidth

      2. 4.5.2 Technology (Ethernet, Fiber Channel, and InfiniBand)


    1. 5.1 Switch Type

      1. 5.1.1 Core Switches

      2. 5.1.2 Distribution Switches

      3. 5.1.3 Access Switches

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. Unites States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Cisco Systems, Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Arista Networks, Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Juniper Networks, Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP

      5. 6.1.5 NEC Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

      7. 6.1.7 H3C Holding Limited

      8. 6.1.8 Lenovo Group Limited

      9. 6.1.9 Extreme Networks Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Dell EMC

      11. 6.1.11 Mellanox Technologies.

      12. 6.1.12 Fortinet, Inc.

      13. 6.1.13 ZTE Corporation

      14. 6.1.14 Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT)

      15. 6.1.15 D-Link Corporation

      16. 6.1.16 Silicom Ltd. Connectivity Solutions

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Data Center Switch Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Data Center Switch Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Cisco Systems, Inc., Arista Networks, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, NEC Corporation are the major companies operating in Data Center Switch Market.

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