The global InfiniBand market is expected to grow at a CAGR over 40.0% over the forecast period. InfiniBand is a new robust architecture intended to support input/output connectivity for the Internet infrastructure. It is supported by all the chief OEM server vendors as a means to grow beyond and create the next-generation input/output interconnect standard in servers.
One of the principal factors adding to the market growth of the product is the increasing adoption of the product in highly efficient computing. The market has also witnessed the emerging need for organizations to establish data centers over the forecast period. Though, the customer caution following the earlier failure of InfiniBand could hamper the growth of this market.
InfiniBand is a standard specification for an industry which defines an input and output architecture that can be used for communications infrastructure equipment, interconnect servers, storage, and embedded systems. It is a fabric design that controls switched, point to point channels and can allow data transfers up to 100 Gbps, both in external copper & optical fiber connections, and chassis backplane applications.
The growing number of data centers is also a key driver for the global market. Data centers assist organizations to lower down the cost of human resources, technology, and infrastructure. Additionally, data centers offer enhanced network infrastructure security as well as comfortable disaster recovery. Hence, organizations have been trying to combine services and applications into a single point of operation, reducing the complete cost of maintenance for complex network infrastructure. Network equipment devices deliver an ideal platform for integrating the several network devices at a single location, such as a data center. Lastly, factors including economies of scale and virtualization by data center capabilities are driving the InfiniBand market.
InfiniBand permits high application performance levels, thus leading to increased adoption in data centers. InfiniBand is the exclusive shipping solution that supports 60 GB/s switch to switch links and 20 GB/s host connectivity. It has world class application potential with measured intervals of a 1µs end to end. Also, it empowers the most efficient use of all the memory and processors in the network by divesting all of the data transport operations in the adapter card and hence, reducing memory copies. It makes InfiniBand one of most robust interconnects of the industry, thus leading to rapid increase in demand worldwide. InfiniBand has gathered support from every mainstream operating system including VxWorks, VMWare, Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, AIX, and HPUX.
InfiniBand addresses the challenges faced by the IT infrastructure by helping consumers with superior performance, reduced complexity; highest interconnect efficiency and reliable and stable connections. InfiniBand provides excellent latency performance and products, supporting up to 120 Gbps connections. It was developed to provide efficient scalability of multiple systems. Principal markets including inter-tier communication, application clustering, inter-processor communication, and storage area networks require high bandwidth RAS features, and QoS.
The Internet today has developed into a global infrastructure supporting applications such as E-commerce, interactive portal sites, business to business solutions, and streaming media. These applications must support an ever growing volume of data and demand for reliability. Service providers have been experiencing tremendous pressure to support these applications. They must route traffic efficiently through increasingly congested communication lines while offering the opportunity to charge for differing security and QoS levels. Application Service Providers have been supporting the outsourcing of e-marketing, e-commerce, and e-business activities to companies specializing in web-based applications. These application service providers must be able to offer extremely dependable services that provide the ability to scale dramatically in a less period to accommodate the explosive growth of the Internet. The cluster has evolved as the preferred mechanism to support these requirements. A cluster is a group of servers linked by load balancing switches operating in parallel to serve a particular application.
The global InfiniBand market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Asia, Europe and Latin America. North America is anticipated to command the maximum global market revenue and is also observing the maximum growth rate followed by Asia Pacific and Europe.
The major market players include Mellanox and Intel. Mellanox delivers high-performance interconnects, cost-effective, and industry-leading solutions for enterprise data centers, mainstream grids, and high performance computing. Mellanox 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand switch systems and adapters offer the required features and capabilities set for future and current storage and multi-core computer systems, and the capacity to scale to any required cluster size.
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