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Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Ramping Fast, Already 42% of the Global SAN Market in 1Q14

June 20, 2014

CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1st quarter 2014 (1Q14) SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipmentreport, which 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.

ANALYST NOTE

“With 16G Fibre Channel ramping fast, 8G is making a quick exit,” says Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research. “16G Fibre Channel solutions now make up 42% of storage area network (SAN) revenue, and we expect to see the continued acceleration of 16G at the expense of 8G and 4G, especially with 32G still two years out.”

“Most of the 16G market is inter-switch, or switch-to-storage array, and not server connections,” adds Grossner.

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Globally, the SAN market (Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters) totaled $592 million in 1Q14, down 9% from 4Q13, and down 3% from a year ago
  • Brocade continues to dominate the SAN switch and adapter market, gaining 3 market share points in 1Q14
  • Worldwide converged data center network adapter revenue (Ethernet switch ports-in-use for storage and converged network adapters, or CNAs), declined 4% sequentially in 1Q14, to $549 million
  • CNAs continue to account for the majority of revenue, followed by iSCSI adapters and universal adapters
  • Thanks to its recent acquisitions, QLogic is expected to move into the #2 spot in the converged data center network adapter market in 2Q14
  • In an effort to grab market share, converged data center network adapter vendors are reaching for the cloud, software-defined networking (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NVF)
  • The shift to cloud-architected data centers with automated deployment of virtual workloads is driving a long-term trend toward a converged network with storage and application traffic on Ethernet in the data center

    NFV WEBINAR

    Available on-demand now: Infonetics analyst Michael Howard hosts NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN?, a free event for operators exploring use cases, lessons learned, and recommendations for developing NFV projects: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=793989&s=1&k=BA88F4D4A551DA1913530B000C135707

    REPORT SYNOPSIS

    Infonetics’ quarterly SAN equipment and converged data center network reportprovides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, 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, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell, Emulex, HP, IBM (BNT), Intel, Juniper, QLogic, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

    RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS

  • Infonetics’ June Data Center and Cloud research brief: http://www.infonetics.com/2014-newsletters/data-center-and-cloud-June.html
  • ADC and WAN optimization markets being reenergized by IPOs and startups' SDN play
  • Cloud service providers and enterprises on divergent paths when it comes to public cloud
  • SDN and NFV to bring about shift in data center security investments
  • 27% of data center ports sold as bundles; half converged network ports carry storage traffic
  • Cloud-based DDoS mitigation services growing fast
  • Virtual appliances going mainstream in the data center
  • Hybrid cloud is next big thing in the data center

    RECENT AND UPCOMING DATA CENTER AND CLOUD RESEARCH

    Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at www.infonetics.com/login.

  • Analyst Note: Huawei Analyst Conference: Aggressive Targets for DC, Cloud & SDN
  • Data Center Network Equipment Forecast
  • Data Center and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software Forecast
  • Data Center SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  • Cloud Service Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  • Cloud Service Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey
  • SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey

    INFONETICS WEBINARS

    Visit www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN?(June 19: Attend)
  • Virtualizing Networks with SDN NVOs and Bare Metal Switches (View on-demand)
  • Architecting Application Delivery Control for SDN (Sponsor)
  • Making Your Network Run Hotter With SDN (Sponsor)
  • Buying Data Center Equipment for the Enterprise: Best of Breed or Pre-Packaged(Sponsor)

    TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:

    N. America (West), Asia Pacific:Larry Howardlarry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335

    N.A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA:Scott Coynescott@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3395

    Greater China, SE Asia, India: ???? Jeffrey Songjeffrey@infonetics.com +86 21-3919-8505

    Japan ?? Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics takashi.kimura@takanalytics.com +81 3-6408-5566

    South Korea ???? Doug Moon, MBAP dougm@mbap.co.kr, +82 2-3453-9400

    ABOUT INFONETICS

    Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) 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 effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at www.infonetics.com/downloads/2013-Market-Research-Services-Gain-a-Competitive-Edge-with-Infonetics.pdf.





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