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Market Trends: Storage Area Networks, Worldwide, 2014

Published: 10 July 2014

ID: G00264138

Analyst(s): Sergis Mushell


Fibre Channel continues to be the dominant network protocol for SANs and HBAs. Resiliency, fault tolerance and a recent upgrade to 16 Gbps speed provide investment protection for installed FC systems. Upgrade opportunities exist for FC vendors with a product road map into 32 Gbps and beyond.

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Market Trend

  • The Market for FC Switches and HBAs Benefits From Migration to 16 Gbps
    • FC Markets Will Stabilize in 2014
    • Each FC Market Segment Provides Opportunities for Two Major Players
    • System Price Erosion Causes Further Consolidation and Alliances
    • Buyers Continue to Support the Existing FC Installed Base
  • Regional Trend: Emulex Is Focusing on Asia Growth
  • Technology Trend: FC Is Still the Preferred Storage Solution
    • FC Has the Advantage Over Ethernet in Lossless Reliability
    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet as a Solution for Converged Networks

Contrarian View

  • Accelerated Deployment of Ethernet or FCoE Might Impact Our Recommendation

Vendors to Watch

  • Brocade
  • Cisco
  • QLogic
  • Emulex

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