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March 09, 2015 15:05 ET

Infonetics: New Era of Data Centers Coming via 25GE; Intel's Grantley Server Chip Driving Growth

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - March 09, 2015) - Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), today reported that following a decline in 2013, the global storage area network equipment (SAN) market grew 3 percent in 2014, to $2.5 billion, as demand returns for equipment built to handle unprecedented levels of server-to-storage-array data center traffic.

Infonetics' fourth quarter 2014 (4Q14) and year-end SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment report tracks SAN Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), converged data center network adapters and switch ports-in-use for storage.

"We expect to see adapters with 2x25GE ports begin shipping this year, which will push the performance envelope in the data center, ushering in the next wave of cloud computing. The introduction of a new 25/100GE architecture in the data center will complement existing 10/40GE architectures, giving cloud service providers a clear migration path," said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., research director for data center, cloud and SDN at Infonetics Research.

"QLogic recently demonstrated 25GE and 100GE interoperability with Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk-based switch," Grossner said.


  • In 4Q14, the worldwide storage area network market, including Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters, totaled $669 million, a sequential uptick of 2 percent
  • Demand for 16G and high-performance requirements for solid-state drive (SSD) storage continues to drive the Fibre Channel SAN market higher
  • Globally, converged network adapter (CNA) revenue grew 8 percent in 2014 from 2013, but declined 7 percent in 4Q14 from 3Q14
  • SAN and CNA vendors are anticipating significant revenue growth as a result of a server refresh cycle driven by Intel's server ASIC, code named Grantley
  • Brocade is the unchallenged leader in the SAN switch and adapter market, and Intel heads up the converged adapter market

Infonetics' quarterly SAN equipment and converged data center network report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019, 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 Enterprise, Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Emulex, HP, Intel, Juniper, Lenovo, NEC, QLogic, others. To purchase the report, contact


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    Cliff Grossner, Ph.D.
    Research Director - Data Center, Cloud, and SDN
    Infonetics Research / IHS
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