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Cisco's First in Directors, Dell'Oro Says

Unpublished figures show Cisco edging Brocade by a nose

Less than four years after entering the Fibre Channel storage market, Cisco reached No. 1 in director switch market share in its last quarter, according to market research firm the Dell'Oro Group.

Regarding the as-yet-unpublished figures, Dell'Oro Group president Tam Dell'Oro says Cisco edged Brocade for the top spot in director revenue. Cisco had revenue of $68.5 million, giving Cisco a 33.6 percent market share in director switches, compared to Brocade's $68 million and 33.3 percent market share. Brocade led in director ports shipped for the third straight quarter, with 36.7 percent market share. Cisco moved up to second in ports shipped, with 34.1 percent market share. (See Can Two Be One?)

McData lost its director revenue market share lead for the first time, placing third with $67.1 million in revenue and a 32.9 percent share of market.

Cisco, which has concentrated on the high end since entering the market with its MDS switches, was the only one of the three to gain in director revenue last quarter. (See Cisco Buys Andiamo.) Cisco's director revenue increased $3.8 million from the first quarter while Brocade slipped by $600,000 and McData by $7.3 million.

Brocade remained dominant in smaller-count switches and the overall Fibre Channel switch market, but Cisco's rise in directors no doubt helped along Brocade's $713 million acquisition of McData last month. (See Brocade Buys McData.)

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