The more rapidly available technologies and applicable standards evolve, the harder that job becomes. The current rate of acceleration is somewhere between breakneck and frenetic.
Recent data-center trends show bandwidth requirements are growing 25 percent to 35 percent per year, a rate predicted to continue years into the future. The impact of this sustained growth can be seen in the shift to higher switching speeds. According to a recent study by Dell ‘Oro, Ethernet switch revenue will continue to grow through the end of the decade, with the biggest sales forecasted for 25G and 100G ports.