"Romley" servers, like Cisco's, help drive 10GBASE-T explosion

Crehan Research finds Q2 port shipments outpacing all previous quarters combined

The first full quarter of shipments for the Intel "Romley" and "Sandy Bridge" server platforms helped drive the 10G Ethernet server adapter and LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) segment to strong results in Q2, with ports increasing almost 20% from Q1 and over 50% from last year, according to Crehan Research. Within this, 10GBASE-T saw "dramatic growth," according Seamus Crehan, principal of Crehan Research, with Q2 port shipments exceeding all cumulative 10GBASE-T shipments up to this point (see chart below).

Cisco recently unveiled UCS servers based on the Intel Xeon E5 devices commonly referred to as "Romley."

But in Q2's 10G server adapter and LOM momentum, Intel was a major driver of the big quarter-over-quarter growth, with its integrated X540 product, Crehan says. Broadcom was also a significant contributor to the sequential growth, with its BCM578x0  series, he posits.

The PHY (Physical Layer Interface) chips are also an integral part of this growth with Aquantia and Broadcom major contributors, Crehan says.

More from Cisco Subnet:

Cisco joins video interoperability group

Cisco reseller finds half of enterprise networks obsolete

Cisco extends server line

Cisco has some more company is SDNs

Cisco on why OpenFlow alone doesn't cut it

Cisco's own BYOD policies and practices helped kill Cius

Juniper confines SDNs to data center

Cisco ends the SDN suspense

What are the killer apps for software-defined networks?

Chambers: We Should Have Killed Cius Earlier

Follow all Cisco Subnet bloggers on Twitter.Jim Duffy on Twitter



Copyright © 2012 IDG Communications, Inc.

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2022