HP Changes the Game of Storage Area Networking, According to Dell’Oro Group

Posted by at 7:43 am on August 3, 2010

A recently published forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, predicts Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) will be the primary alternative to Fibre Channel as a storage area network (SAN) fabric.

According to the report, Cisco entered the server market in March 2009 and shook up the networking industry with an advanced set of products (named Unified Compute System [UCS]) that integrated the LAN and SAN onto one network using FCoE technology. FCoE has been off to a slow start, as many enterprises slashed lab testing budgets in 2009, and interoperability issues have persisted. Now with Emulex’s network adapter technology, HP has leaped forward with significant advances in streamlining the integration of FCoE in HP’s servers, including its flagship ProLiant BL400c and BL600c BladeSystems. In essence, HP has created a self-contained “FCoE-in-a-box” that eliminates the technical hurdles of interworking with multiple elements in the network, and this should accelerate the FCoE market.

“I have been monitoring HP for years, and never have I seen such a broad set of people at HP so focused and driven towards one goal,” said Tam Dell‘Oro, President of Dell’Oro Group.

The report discusses the challenges of FCoE, and how technology changes may affect storage networking market dynamics, including the relationship among servers, adapters, and switches.

About The Report

The Dell’Oro Group SAN 5-Year Forecast Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and port shipments (by speed 1 Gbps (historical data), 2 Gbps (historical data), 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps and greater than or equal to 16 Gbps) for Fibre Channel switches and Fibre Channel host bus adapters, and 10 Gbps FCoE

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