SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 21, 2010 15:01 ET

Infonetics Research: SAN equipment market to more than double by 2014

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) -  Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter of 2010 (3Q10) SAN Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks storage area network (SAN) switches and adapters.

"The SAN equipment market is moving along nicely, driven by the deployment of growing gargantuan gigabytes of storage each quarter, which in turn is fundamentally driven by the creation and accumulation of video and data content in data centers around the globe, a large chunk of which is consumer-generated. We see steady growth ahead, with most of the economic downturn behind us, particularly in North America, which had 45% of worldwide SAN revenue in the third quarter of 2010 (North America houses some of the world's largest data center operators, media companies, and content providers)," notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.


  • SAN switch and SAN adapter revenue grew to $683 million worldwide in 3Q10, up 7% from 2Q10 (up 16% over 3Q09)
  • Infonetics Research forecasts the worldwide SAN equipment market to more than double from 2010 to 2014, when it will reach $6.6 billion
  • Brocade easily maintains its #1 SAN switch market share position, although #2 Cisco continues to gain share with consecutive quarters of growth all year
  • Market leaders QLogic and Emulex, who dominate the SAN adapter space, each gave up a small amount of revenue market share to competitors Chelsio, Brocade, Mellanox and others sequentially and year-over-year

Infonetics' SAN equipment provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for Fiber Channel (FC) and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) SAN switches, and 3 segments of storage networking adapters: Fiber Channel host bus adapters (FC HBAs), iSCSI HBAs, and FCoE converged network adapters (CNAs). Switches are tracked by chassis (director) vs. fixed (fabric), and all ports are tracked by type (10G FCoE, FC 2G, FC 4G, FC 8G, FC 16G, iSCSI). The report tracks ATTO, Blade, Brocade, Chelsio, Cisco, Emulex, Intel, LSI, Mellanox, Myricom, Neterion, QLogic, Voltaire, and others.

Infonetics Research is currently hiring for an analyst to expand its Data Center Networks research services. Prospective candidates with exceptional analytical skills are encouraged to review the analyst job description at and submit their resume.

The next editions of Infonetics' quarterly Data Center Network Equipment and SAN Equipment reports will be out in March 2011. See DATA CENTER NETWORKS on Infonetics' portal ( for more:


Infonetics Research 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.

Contact Information