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Ciena, Juniper Lead Data Center Interconnect Market, Dell’Oro Says

December 11, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Data center interconnect (DCI) equipment revenue will increase 85 percent over the next five years. It will jump from $2.7 billion in 2017 to $5.1 billion in 2022, according to Dell’Oro Group’s first DCI report. This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 percent. But while revenue from this type of networking technology will surge over this period, driven largely by cloud platforms and services, “we found there isn’t a clear idea of what data center interconnect is,” said Shin Umeda, vice president at Dell’Oro. DCI doesn’t have a standards-based or technical definition. And because of this, different people and companies use DCI to describe various network types and products. This makes it difficult to quantify the market size and opportunity. So part of the report’s intent is simply to set a DCI infrastructure framework from a networking perspective and quantify the infrastructure market around this framework. I...