25GE Ports to Make Up 9 Percent of Converged Data Center Network Adapter Market by 2019, Says IHS

Campbell, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2015)—The transmission of Ethernet frames at 25 Gigabits per second (25GE) is making its entrance in the converged network adapter market. IHS (NYSE: IHS) projects around 2,500 25GE ports will ship in the fourth quarter of 2015, growing to 9 percent of all adapter ports shipped worldwide in 2019, according to the IHS Infonetics SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment report.

“With its higher bandwidth, the 25/100GE architecture is attractive to large cloud service providers and enterprises looking to migrate from 10GE switching and server connectivity to 100GE switching and 25GE server connectivity in the data center,” said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., research director for data center, cloud and SDN at IHS. “ QLogic continues to prepare for the launch of 25GE, demonstrating interoperability with HP and Dell switches after doing so with Broadcom .”

. “At the same time, the Fibre Channel SAN market is seeing weaker demand for flash drives, negatively impacting revenue expectations for 2015,” Grossner said.


  • Global Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) revenue—including Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs)—is down 11 percent sequentially in 1Q15, and up 1 percent from 1Q14, to $595 million
  • Brocade continues to lead the FC SAN market, but faces operational issues with the IBM/Lenovo transition
  • Emulex is being acquired by Avago Technologies for ~$609 million


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The quarterly IHS Infonetics SAN and Converged Data Center Network Equipment market research report tracks chassis and fixed Fibre Channel switches; Fibre Channel HBAs; converged data center switch ports-in-use for storage (iSCSI, FCoE, FC‑to‑FCoE); and converged data center network adapters (iSCSI, CNAs). The research service provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019, analysis and trends. Vendors tracked include ALE, Arista , Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Emulex, HP, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, Lenovo, QLogic, others. To purchase the report, please visit www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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