16Gb FC Comes Back Strong in 1Q13 – Infonetics

But WW revenue for SAN equipment, including FC switches and iSCSI and FC HBAs, declined to $604 million in 1Q13, -8% from 4Q1
This is a Press Release edited by on 2013.07.04

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Market research firm Infonetics Research, Inc. released excerpts from its 1Q13 SAN and High Performance Interconnect Equipment
market size, share and forecasts report, which tracks 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 1st quarter of 2013, 16G FC 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 FC switches grew 45%, and fixed switches more than doubled from the previous quarter."

Howard adds: "The bulk of 16G FC deployments continue to be
inter-switch link applications, but with server I/O capabilities rising
with the introduction of Intel's Romley, and with Emulex's and QLogic's
first 16G FC adapter shipments, we expect a more meaningful adoption of
16G for server connections to begin in 2013

SAN market highlights

  • Worldwide revenue for SAN equipment, including FC switches and
    iSCSI and FC HBAs, declined to $604 million in 1Q13, an 8% drop from
  • The initial pent-up demand that provided a jump start for 16G FC
    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
  • The SAN and HPI equipment market to top $9 billion by 2017, with
    the HPI segment gaining as 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE 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 FC switches; FC and iSCSI HBAs; 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.