Almost 1.9 million Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (San) switch ports were sold worldwide in 2003, a 49 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research by Gartner.
The analyst firm's report, Storage Network Infrastructure: FC SAN Component Market Shares, 2003, shows that Brocade remains the market leader for Fibre Channel San switches with 63 per cent market share, but that competition from McData, QLogic and new market entrants Cisco and CNT/Inrange is growing.
A corresponding increase in the volumes of 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adaptor (HBA) ports sold, in a sector still dominated by Emulex and QLogic, reached just over 1.4 million, a 73 per cent increase on 2002.
Sales of 2Gbps PCI-X HBAs grew by almost 390 per cent, while the number of 2Gbps Fibre Channel adaptors embedded in server and appliance motherboards expanded to represent over 20 per cent of the total, indicating that Fibre Channel is increasingly being integrated into new storage products as standard.
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