Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Comes Back Strong in Q1

  Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Comes Back Strong in Q1

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- June 28, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1^st
quarter 2013 (1Q13) SAN and High Performance Interconnect Equipment  market
size, share and forecasts report, which tracks storage area network (SAN)
switches and adapters and high-performance interconnect (HPI) equipment
including FCoE/Ethernet switches and converged network adapters.


“While most SAN equipment languished in the 1^st quarter of 2013, 16G Fibre
Channel switches put up a very strong showing,” notes Michael Howard,
Infonetics Research’s co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks.
“Sales of chassis 16G Fibre Channel switches grew 45%, and fixed switches more
than doubled from the previous quarter.”

Howard adds: “The bulk of 16G Fibre Channel deployments continue to be
inter-switch link applications, but with server input/output capabilities
rising with the introduction of Intel’s Romley, and with Emulex's and QLogic’s
first 16G Fibre Channel adapter shipments, we expect a more meaningful
adoption of 16G for server connections to begin in 2013.”


  *Worldwide revenue for SAN equipment, including Fibre Channel switches and
    iSCSI and Fibre Channel host bus adapters, declined to $604 million in
    1Q13, an 8% drop from 4Q12
  *The initial pent-up demand that provided a jump start for 16G Fibre
    Channel switches is still in motion, but Infonetics believes it will soon
    slow and settle into a growth pattern more in line with the 8G segment
  *On the heels of huge growth in 2012, the global high-performance
    interconnect equipment market, including converged FCoE/Ethernet switches
    and converged network adapters, slumped 13% sequentially in 1Q13, but is
    up 45% from the year-ago quarter
  *Infonetics forecasts the SAN and high-performance interconnect (HPI)
    equipment market to top $9 billion by 2017, with the HPI segment gaining
    as 10GE, 40GE and 100GE transports become the norm for networking within
    the data center
  *The leading manufacturers in the SAN and high-performance interconnect
    markets all had a down quarter in 1Q13


Infonetics’ quarterly SAN report  provides worldwide and regional market size,
vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, trends and analysis for chassis
and fixed Fibre Channel switches; Fibre Channel and iSCSI host bus adapters;
chassis and fixed converged FCoE and Ethernet switches; and converged network
adapters. Companies tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Chelsio, Cisco, Dell,
Emulex, IBM (BNT), Juniper, Mellanox, QLogic and  others. To buy the report,
contact Infonetics:


  *Infonetics Enterprise Networking / Data Center / Cloud research brief:
  *Data center equipment takes hit in 1Q13; Citrix gains on F5
  *Enterprises’ network demands on a collision course with budget reality
  *Operators reveal their data center plans in latest Infonetics study
  *High performance interconnect market doubled, SAN held steady in 2012;
    growth ahead
  *SDN, OpenFlow, collaboration, security on the minds of operators planning
    cloud services


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brochure, report highlights, tables of contents and more at

  *Enterprise Networking and Communication Vendor Leadership Scorecard
  *Data Center Network Equipment - 2Q13 Edition
  *Cloud Service Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Cloud Service Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey
  *Data Center & SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Data Center & SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey
  *SDN Platforms
  *Virtualization Platforms


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N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard,, +1

N. America (East), Midwest, L. America: Scott Coyne,, +1

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic,, +44

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


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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.
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Michael Howard, +1 408-583-3351
Co-Founder and Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
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