Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Taking SAN Market by Storm, Passing 8G This Year

  Infonetics: 16G Fibre Channel Taking SAN Market by Storm, Passing 8G This
  Year

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- October 4, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2^nd
quarter 2013 (2Q13) SAN and High Performance Interconnect Equipment  report,
which tracks storage area network (SAN) switches and adapters and
high-performance interconnect (HPI) equipment, including (FCoE)/Ethernet
switches and converged network adapters.

ANALYST NOTES

“Cisco’s 16G Fibre Channel ports are finally hitting the market, and we
believe its customers’ pent-up demand for Fibre Channel inter-switch
connection will help push 16G revenue past 8G by the end of 2013,” predicts
Michael Howard, Infonetics Research’s co-founder and principal analyst for
carrier networks. “Meanwhile, Brocade, which enjoyed a similar jump start when
it came to market with 16G Fibre Channel in 2011, is settling in for the
longer-term 16G replacement of 8G as the speed of choice.”

Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics,
adds: “We’re forecasting 16G Fibre Channel switch revenue to grow at a 46%
compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2017.”

2Q13 SAN AND HPI MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  *The global SAN equipment market, including Fibre Channel switches and
    iSCSI and Fibre Channel host bus adapters, totaled $631 million in 2Q13,
    an increase of 4% from 1Q13, but a decline of 8% from the year-ago quarter
    (2Q12)
  *In the adapter segment, combined Fibre Channel and iSCSI revenue fell 5%
    in 2Q13 from the previous quarter
  *Owing to its introduction of 16G Fibre Channel, Cisco was able to buck a
    down quarter that plagued many of the other leading vendors in the SAN
    space
  *In 2Q13, the worldwide high-performance interconnect equipment (HPI)
    market, including converged FCoE/Ethernet switches and converged network
    adapters, grew 26% sequentially, and is up 43% year-over-year
  *Growth in the HPI market continues to reflect operators’ ongoing
    investments in data center infrastructure and interest in LAN/SAN
    convergence
  *Sales of converged FCoE/Ethernet switches are up 26% in 2Q13 from 1Q13

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REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics’ quarterly SAN and HPI 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. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Chelsio,
Cisco, Dell, Emulex, IBM (BNT), Juniper, Mellanox, QLogic, and  others. To buy
the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED RESEARCH

  *Infonetics’ latest Data Center and Cloud research brief:
    http://bit.ly/1fGQ1Kr
  *Return to growth for ADCs, while WAN optimization slips further
    year-over-year
  *Cloud security services to top $9 billion by 2017, barring stumbling
    blocks
  *Tight race between Huawei, Ericsson, Cisco at top of Infonetics telecom
    vendor scorecard
  *Service providers and enterprises to spend $1 trillion on telecom and
    datacom over 5 years
  *Operators reveal their data center plans in latest Infonetics study

UPCOMING MARKET FORECASTS AND SURVEYS

Download Infonetics’ 2013 market research brochure, publication calendar,
events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at
http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  *Infonetics’ 2014 Data Center and Cloud Market Research Lineup
  *Cloud Service Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Cloud Service Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey
  *Data Center and SDN Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Data Center and SDN Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey
  *SDN Platforms

INFONETICS WEBINARS

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

  *Building Blocks for Service-Aware Networks Based on SDN and NFV (Oct. 10:
    Register)
  *Carrier SDN: From Hope to Hype to Necessity (View on demand)
  *SDNs and NFV: Why Operators Are Investing Now (View on demand)

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:

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

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

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44
755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

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 http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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Contact:

Infonetics Research
Michael Howard, +1 408-583-3351
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks
michael@infonetics.com
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
or
Infonetics Research
Clifford Grossner, Ph.D., +1 408-583-3385
Directing Analyst, Data Center & Cloud
cliff@infonetics.com
Twitter: @cliffgrossner