Brocade is leading in the SAN switch and adapter market, while Intel is the top vendor in the converged adapter market in 2014.
The storage area network equipment (SAN) market increased 3 percent to $2.5 billion in 2014.
The SAN market noticed demand returning for equipment built to handle server-to-storage-array data center traffic, said Infonetics Research, a part of IHS.
The report said adapters with 2x25GE ports will start shipping this year and push the performance envelope in the data center.
“The introduction of a new 25/100GE architecture in the data center will complement existing 10/40GE architectures, giving cloud service providers a clear migration path,” said Cliff Grossner, research director for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research.
QLogic recently demonstrated 25GE and 100GE interoperability with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Tomahawk-based switch.
In Q4 2014, the storage area network market, including Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters increased 2 percent quarter-on-quarter to $669 million.
The report said that the demand for 16G and high-performance requirements for solid-state drive (SSD) storage continues to drive the Fibre Channel SAN market higher.
Converged network adapter (CNA) revenue increased 8 percent in 2014, but declined 7 percent in Q4 2014.
SAN and CNA vendors are anticipating significant revenue growth as a result of a server refresh cycle driven by Intel’s server ASIC, code named Grantley.