Storage Area Network (SAN) switch is a device that joins shared storage devices and servers and is dedicated to move the storage traffic. SAN switch is essentially a Fiber Channel (FC) switch, compatible with Fiber Channel protocol. SAN switch recognizes the header of a data packet, decides the destination and origin of the computing devices, and transfers the packet to the associated storage system. SAN switch is designed for use in lossless data transmission and high-performance network with low latency. SAN switch can also be an Ethernet switch. An Ethernet-based SAN switch is ideally dedicated for storage traffic in Internet Protocol (IP) SAN and to maintain performance certainty. Ethernet switch views the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) storage container as an IP address and transfers the storage traffic to the IP address. SAN switches can be assimilated to construct large SAN fabrics that integrate thousands of storage ports and servers.
SAN switches support many-to-many communication, and security in the network. They disable unwanted traffic between fabric nodes through implementation of zoning mechanism, which is expected to boost their demand in the manufacturing of advanced devices that need faster processing. SAN switches enhance availability and performance of an application. They also increase storage effectiveness and utilization, which is a key factor in increasing demand for the product. Systems usually malfunction due to corruption in data caused by failing of disks present in the system. SAN switches use the finest data protection algorithms to keep the data consistent, which helps in higher security and reliability. This is likely to augment the demand for SAN switches, contributing to the growth of the market during the forecast period. Further, increasing preference for faster speed networks in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) boosts the demand for SAN switches, thereby driving the growth of the storage area network (SAN) switches market. Certain switch vendors offer committed high-speed stacking ports to manage inter-switch connections, like the stackable Ethernet switches, allowing creation of high-performance, multi-switch configurations using fewer switches. Automatic traffic routing and in-built redundancy are achieved which enhance the performance of the systems and applications, thus driving the market growth.
The global storage area network (SAN) switches market can be segmented based on type, application, enterprise size, end-user, and geography. Types of SAN switches are 4 GBPS, 8 GBPS, 16 GBPS, and others. Based on application, the global storage area network (SAN) switches market can be categorized into backup and recovery application and block level storage for server and alternative storage option. By enterprise size, the storage area network (SAN) switches market can be split into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises. On the basis of usage of enterprises, solution vendors are providing entry SAN switches, mid-range SAN switches, and enterprise SAN directors. Further, the end-user segment of the storage area network (SAN) switches market can be bifurcated into IT & telecommunication, government offices & education, health care, aerospace & defense, and others (automobile).
Based on geography, the global storage area network (SAN) switches market can be segmented into Middle East & Africa (MEA), Europe (EU), South America (SA), Asia Pacific (APAC), and North America (NA). North America is expected to lead the global storage area network (SAN) switches market as companies based in the region are expected to rapidly adopt advanced storage networking solutions for enterprise data transmission. Asia Pacific is expected to be a growing storage area network (SAN) switches market as a large number of companies is expected to invest in the market during the forecast period.
Major players operating in the global storage area network (SAN) switches market include Broadcom, Cisco Systems Inc., QLogic Corporation, CTC Technologies Inc., Emulex, Citrix Systems, Nutanix, DataCore Software, Broadcom Cayman L.P., Juniper Networks, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Arista Networks, and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
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