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January 07, 2015 14:19 ET

Infonetics: Fibre Channel SAN shows new life, Cisco makes strong gains; 25GE network adapters coming

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - January 07, 2015) - Infonetics Research, a technology market research firm, today released excerpts from its third quarter 2014 (3Q14) SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment report.

In the report, Infonetics, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), tracks storage area network (SAN) Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), converged data center network adapters, and switch ports-in-use for storage.

"The long-term downward streak for Fibre Channel SAN equipment was broken in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), driven by high performance requirements for flash storage and Cisco's customers finishing their SAN product evaluation cycles and beginning to scale deployments," notes Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research.

"The question remains, however, whether the growth expected from solid-state drive storage and Gen 6 Fibre Channel that's expected in the coming year will be enough to return the market to increased growth," continues Grossner. "We believe the answer is yes for the short term, but do not see any evidence that double-digit growth will return to Fibre Channel market."

3Q14 SAN / CONVERGED DATA CENTER MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 3Q14, the global storage area network (SAN) equipment market, including Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), grew 10% from 2Q14 to $654 million, and was up 15% from 3Q13
  • Worldwide converged data center network adapter revenue was up 13% sequentially in 3Q14, with converged network adapters (CNAs) in the lead, followed by internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) adapters
  • Another transformation in the converged data center network adapter market is on the horizon: the introduction of 25GE, expected in 2015 targeting large cloud service
    providers (CSPs)
  • Brocade dominates the SAN switch and adapter market, while Intel leads the converged data center network adapter space

SAN REPORT SYNOPSIS
Infonetics' quarterly SAN equipment and converged data center network report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, analysis, and trends for chassis and fixed Fibre Channel switches; Fibre Channel HBAs; converged data center switch ports-in-use for storage (iSCSI, FCoE, FC-to-FCoE); and converged data center network adapters (iSCSI, CNAs, universal). Vendors tracked:  Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, ATTO, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Emulex, HP, IBM (BNT), Intel, Juniper, QLogic, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Infonetics Research, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS), is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete more effectively. Follow Infonetics on Twitter for the latest headlines: http://twitter.com/infonetics.

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Contact Information

  • News Media Contact:

    Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
    Directing Analyst, Data Center, Cloud, and SDN
    Infonetics Research
    +1-408-583-3385
    Email contact
    Twitter: @cliffgrossner