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Fiber Channel switches, adapters decline 10 percent in 1Q13

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fibre Channel? Cisco? switches? Brocade?

According to the Dell'Oro group's recent report, Fibre Channel switch and adapter revenues declined 10 per cent to $594M in the first quarter 2013. Despite the decline, Cisco recently announced their new Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) director class switches. The company's latest offering marks their first new FC since the MDS 9500 began shipping more than a decade ago.

"Brocade has been the only vendor shipping 16Gbit/s, or 'Gen 5 Fibre Channel', switches. The lack of new products in the ecosystem has resulted in a slower than expected migration, and I think we saw the impact of that this quarter," said Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "This announcement is very positive news for the market; competition is always good, and it sends the message that Fibre Channel will not be going away anytime soon," added Quillin.

With the release of the MDS 9710, Cisco will enter the 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel switch market a full seven quarters after Brocade. Vendors currently offering Fibre Channel switch and adapter offerings include: Brocade, Cisco, Emulex and QLogic.

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