SAN equipment market to more than double by 2014, says Infonetics

DECEMBER 22, 2010 -- The worldwide SAN equipment market will more than double from 2010 to 2014, when it will reach $6.6 billion, says Infonetics Research.

DECEMBER 22, 2010 -- The worldwide SAN equipment market will more than double from 2010 to 2014, when it will reach $6.6 billion, says Infonetics Research. The prediction is part of the market research firm’s third quarter of 2010 SAN Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks storage area network (SAN) switches and adapters.

"The SAN equipment market is moving along nicely, driven by the deployment of growing gargantuan gigabytes of storage each quarter, which in turn is fundamentally driven by the creation and accumulation of video and data content in data centers around the globe, a large chunk of which is consumer-generated. We see steady growth ahead, with most of the economic downturn behind us, particularly in North America, which had 45% of worldwide SAN revenue in the third quarter of 2010," notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

North America houses some of the world's largest data center operators, media companies, and content providers, Howard added.

Other SAN equipment market highlights contained in the report include:

  • SAN switch and SAN adapter revenue grew to $683 million worldwide in 3Q10, up 7% from 2Q10 and up 16% over 3Q09.
  • Brocade easily maintained the top SAN switch market share position, although second-ranked Cisco continues to gain share with consecutive quarters of growth all year.
  • Market leaders QLogic and Emulex, who dominate the SAN adapter space, each gave up a small amount of revenue market share to competitors Chelsio, Brocade, Mellanox, and others sequentially and year-over-year.

Infonetics' SAN Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) SAN switches, and three segments of storage networking adapters: Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), iSCSI HBAs, and FCoE converged network adapters.

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