SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

June 24, 2011 16:48 ET

Infonetics Research: SAN equipment up 10% from a year ago, strong growth ahead; Cisco up, Brocade steady

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 24, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its first quarter (1Q11) SAN Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks storage area network (SAN) switches and adapters.

"We see steady growth ahead for the overall SAN equipment market. The long shift to cloud computing will propel the SAN switch market to more than triple from 2010 to 2015, and we forecast the SAN adapter market to grow at a 20% compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2015, spurred by demand for FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) converged network adapters," expects Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.


  • The combined SAN switch and adapter market totaled $755 million globally in 1Q11, up 0.8% from the previous quarter, and up 9.8% from the first quarter of 2010
    • SAN switch revenue grew 4% and adapters declined 8% in 1Q11 from 4Q10
  • While most vendors in the SAN switch and adapter space had a down 1Q11 and lost share, Cisco picked up 3 percentage points of market share
  • Meanwhile, perennial market leader Brocade's market share and revenue held steady
  • FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) switches represent 15% of the total SAN switch market, and are expected to be a strong growth driver moving forward

Infonetics' SAN equipment provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for Fiber Channel (FC) SAN switches and 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). All ports tracked by type (10G FCoE, FC 2G, FC 4G, FC 8G, FC 16G, iSCSI). Vendors tracked include ATTO, Brocade, Chelsio, Cisco, Emulex, Intel, LSI, Mellanox/Voltaire, Myricom, Neterion, QLogic, others.


To download report prospectuses, tables of contents, etc., log in to Infonetics' service portal ( and go to DATA CENTER AND CLOUD.

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.

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