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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Sep 9, 2015A recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, revealed that the overall Storage Systems market approached $10 billion, growing slightly Y/Y.  Sales were flat for largest market segment, External storage systems, but unit growth rose strongly, a reflection of sales shifting away from the high end.

“External storage systems are increasingly shipping with higher speed ports such as 16 Gbps Fibre Channel as products become available, and 40 Gbps just started to ship.  What is interesting is that the adoption of both 16 Gbps and 40 Gbps ports in data center switches is far greater than we see on External storage systems,” explained Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “ For instance, in 2Q15, 16 Gbps Fibre Channel represented well over half of all Fibre Channel switch ports, while 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports on External storage systems only represented 25 percent of all Fibre Channel.  We see the technology shifts in the network showing up on storage systems much later.  With alternatives to 40 Gbps emerging, such as 50 Gbps, and 100 Gbps, this will be a very interesting market to watch,”added DePuy.

The report further reveals newly added detail on Huawei, Pure Storage and Super Micro.

About the Report

The Dell’Oro Group Quarterly Storage Systems Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, units shipped and average selling prices for Internal and External Storage types, as well as Capacity metrics. For External Storage Systems architecture metrics such Network Integration; Retrieval Method; Communication Protocol, as well as Ports (1 GE; 10 GE; 40 GE; 100 GE; ≤8 Gbps FC; 16 Gbps FC; ≥32 Gbps FC) are provided.  To purchase this report, please contact Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


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