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Brocade loses ground in SAN switch market

Cisco has gained share on rival Brocade in the storage area network (SAN) switch market for the second quarter in a row, according to analyst firm the Dell'Oro Group.

Cisco has gained share on rival Brocade in the storage area network (SAN) switch market for the second quarter in a row, according to analyst firm the Dell'Oro Group.

In Dell'Oro's latest report on the sector, released last week, the firm said Cisco had gained four percentage points of SAN switch market share worldwide in Q4 of last year over the previous quarter - earning US$128million in the process.

In contrast, the firm said McData, which Brocade bought last year, lost six points of share over the same period and saw its revenue drop from US$96.9million to US$90million.

The acquisition of McData has left Brocade and Cisco as the only two real players in the SAN switch market, and the rivalry between the pair is becoming increasingly intense.

Dell'Oro's figures have reportedly enraged Brocade, which has claimed the numbers are inaccurate.

"We absolutely believe we maintained our market share despite what Dell'Oro says," Tom Buiocchi, vice president of marketing at Brocade, told Searchstorage.com. "Our numbers in that report are not accurate, and we told Dell'Oro that."

The analyst firm has defended its findings in the report as accurate.

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