Friday, December 9, 2011

SAN scores record quarter results, Fibre Channel switches rebound

REDWOOD CITY, USA: A recently published report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, indicates that the SAN market enjoyed record results in 3Q11.

The total SAN market comprised of Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches, controllers and adapters, posted a record quarter with revenues of over $775 million on 3.1 million ports. The results were driven by strength in both FCoE and FC switches.

"If we breakdown the SAN switch market's $63 million net revenue increase quarter-over-quarter, $33 million came from growth in Fibre Channel switches and $30 million from growth in FCoE switches. We continue to see strength in the Fibre Channel market," said Casey Quillin, analyst at Dell'Oro Group.

"We definitely had a couple of interesting things happen this quarter. We saw Brocade ship over 50K 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch ports for a total of about $27 million in calendar quarter revenues. We also saw Cisco's Fibre Channel switch revenues jump this quarter on the favorable increase of the ASPs of their Director Class switches," added Quillin.

The report discusses the outlook for market migration to 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, as well as analyzes how FCoE is being deployed.

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