Telecom Lead India: Cisco leads the overall SAN equipment market in the second quarter after posting a 31 percent increase in SAN revenue.
Brocade essentially owns the 16G Fibre Channel segment, with 99 percent of global revenue market share.
The global SAN equipment market, including switches and adapters, grew 15 percent sequentially in second quarter of 2012.
SAN adapter revenue fell 2 percent in 2Q12, due to weakness in the FCoE converged network adapter segment, a bright spot just a quarter ago.
While sales of FCoE-capable switches are strong overall, adoption lags for FCoE for storage transport.
“Skyrocketing shipments of Fibre Channel over Ethernet–capable switches and 16G Fibre Channel products pushed the storage networking equipment market to new heights in the 2nd quarter, passing $1.5 billion,” said Sam Barnett, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.
Thanks to the popularity of social networking and video sharing, as well as advances in cloud computing and the data center, Infonetics Research expects a cumulative $41.7 billion to be spent on SAN switches and adapters in the 5 years from 2012 to 2016.