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Fibre Channel Switch Market Posts Best Ever Q1 Revenue Results, According to Dell'Oro Group
May 31, 2012 (05:05 PM EDT)


Brocade Realizes Record Revenue in 1Q12

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a newly released Storage Area Network (SAN) quarterly report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Fibre Channel switch revenues surpassed $476 million in 1Q12, the highest ever for a first quarter. Results of the quarter have culminated in Brocade gaining six points of revenue share in 1Q12, reaching above 71, and the highest since 4Q09.

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"Brocade has had two consecutive strong Fibre Channel switch quarters, calendar 1Q12 being their best ever for Fibre Channel switch revenue, reaching just under $340 million. Fibre Channel continues to have legs and, while the unprecedented growth in unstructured data is increasing the need for file based storage alternatives, we have learned that Fibre Channel SAN storage in also being deployed in cloud service provider infrastructures alongside NAS systems," said Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "With Brocade's momentum, the continued ramp of Intel's Romley platform, and Cisco's fiscal year end and strongest month coming in July, we expect to see strength in the overall Fibre Channel market in the second half of 2012" added Quillin.

The report also discusses trends in storage area networking, the outlook for Fibre Channel switches and adapters, and alternative SAN technologies, such as FCoE. 

About the Report 
The Dell'Oro Group SAN Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, and port shipments (by speed 1 Gbps (historical data), 2 Gbps (historical data), 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps and greater than or equal to 16 Gbps) for Fibre Channel switches and adapters, and 10 Gbps FCoE switches, controllers, and adapters. To purchase this report, contact Jessica Hsueh at +1.650.622.9400 x222 or email at Jessica@DellOro.com.

About Dell'Oro Group 
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enable component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions.  For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit www.DellOro.com.

SOURCE Dell'Oro Group