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Market Trends: Storage Area Networks, Worldwide, 2015

Published: 01 July 2015

ID: G00272131

Analyst(s): Sergis Mushell


The Fibre Channel market remains robust and continues to be the chosen network protocol for SANs. Resiliency, fault tolerance and a roadmap to 32 Gbps speed provide storage TSPs with investment protection for installed FC systems, but IP-based storage is still a threat to FC market growth.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Market for FC Switches and HBAs Remains Resilient
  • Market Structure Trend
    • FC Market Continues Revenue Growth, but Port Units Decline
  • Regional Trend
    • Emerging Markets Are Key Drivers of Growth in SAN Market

Contrarian View

  • If Unstructured Data Growth Continues, FC Will Not Be Needed

Vendors to Watch

  • Brocade
  • Cisco
  • QLogic
  • Emulex

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