Starting August 1st, 2020, Dell’Oro Group is discontinuing research on Fibre Channel switches and adapters (our Storage Area Network [SAN] program). The last SAN report published by Dell’Oro Group is the July 2020 5-Year Forecast Report. We are divesting this business to Quillin Research (  Casey Quillin, Founder and analyst of Quillin Research. Casey has produced the report for Dell’Oro Group since 2011 and will continue to produce the SAN quarterly report and 5-year forecast report. Please go to Quillin Research website for more information:

The Storage Area Network (SAN) market is evolving to keep pace with emerging storage trends like all-flash arrays and software-defined storage. In addition, SAN technology is playing an important role as businesses consolidate infrastructure and solidify business continuity plans.

To take advantage of the opportunities in this market, component manufacturers, equipment vendors, service providers, and financial institutions need to answer critical business questions including:

  • How quickly are enterprises migrating their Fibre Channel SANs to 32 Gbps?
  • What is the penetration of Fibre Channel in small- and medium-sized enterprises?
  • What factors are driving the adoption of SAN connectivity alternatives?
  • What are the emerging trends in the Fibre Channel adapter market?
  • Does the increased traction of cloud storage present a threat or opportunity for Fibre Channel?

To answer these and other important questions, Dell’Oro Group delivers both quarterly reports and 5-year forecasts on the SAN market.

Latest Reports

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Quarterly Report

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5-Year Forecast

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Storage Area Network (SAN) Quarterly Reports

Dell’Oro Group publishes SAN quarterly reports containing in-depth market-level and detailed vendor market share information on the following markets:

  • Fibre Channel Switch
  • Fibre Channel Adapter

The Fibre Channel Switch equipment we report separately includes:

  • Modular configuration
  • Fixed configuration (Purpose Built Switch and Blade Switch reported separately)

The Fibre Channel Adapter equipment we report separately includes:

  • Stand-alone configuration
  • Mezzanine configuration

The reports include tables showing manufacturers’ revenue, ports shipped, and average selling prices. We report revenue, ports shipped, and average selling prices by various speeds (e.g., <4 Gbps, 8 Gbps, 16 Gbps, and ≥32 Gbps ).

Storage Area Network (SAN) 5-Year Forecasts

Dell’Oro Group publishes SAN 5-year forecasts offering a complete overview of the Fibre Channel SAN market with historical data from 1998 to the present. The forecasts provide a comprehensive overview of market trends and include tables covering revenue, port shipment, and average selling price forecasts by various speeds (e.g., 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps, 16 Gbps, and ≥32 Gbps) for the following technologies:

  • Fibre Channel Switches (modular and fixed*reported separately)
  • Fibre Channel Adapters (stand-alone and mezzanine reported separately)

* For fixed switches, purpose-built and blade switches are reported separately.

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