16 Gbps SAN remains a bright spot in soft fibre channel market

The overall SAN market may be softening on a year-over-year basis, but according to a new Dell'Oro Group report it's not having any effect on users purchasing fibre channel (FC) systems. The research firm said that shipments of 16 Gbps ports rose to over half of the overall market.

Casey Quillin, director of SAN research at Dell'Oro, said in a release that users "continue to adopt new 16 Gbps FC products pushing total 16 Gbps FC SAN ports to over half of total ports shipped during the quarter compared to less than 40% one year ago." Quillin added that Dell'Oro expects 16 Gbps ports will grow during the remaining half of 2015. This will be drive by two factors: server companies incorporating 16 Gbps into their server lines and new multi-protocol ports that support 16 Gbps FC. Release

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