Infonetics Research Reports on Storage Area Network Equipment Market
Jun 30, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its first quarter SAN Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks storage area network 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 percent compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2015, spurred by demand for FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) converged network adapters," said Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research, in a release.
_The combined SAN switch and adapter market totaled $755 million globally in 1Q11, up 0.8 percent from the previous quarter, and up 9.8 percent from the first quarter of 2010
_SAN switch revenue grew 4 percent and adapters declined 8 percent 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, Brocade's market share and revenue held steady
_FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) switches represent 15 percent of the total SAN switch market, and are expected to be a strong growth driver moving forward
Infonetics' SAN equipment provides market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for Fiber Channel SAN switches and FCoE SAN switches, and 3 segments of storage networking adapters: Fiber Channel host bus adapters, iSCSI HBAs, and FCoE converged network adapters. 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, and QLogic.
Infonetics Research is a market research and consulting firm.
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