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Market Trends: Evolving HDD and SSD Storage Landscapes

Published: 30 October 2013

ID: G00255884

Analyst(s): John Monroe , Joseph Unsworth


The evolution of mobile devices and data center infrastructures is transforming the storage landscape. Solid-state drive incursions will change where and how hard-disk drives are integrated, but both technologies will be used in concert and conjunction with each other for the foreseeable future.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Managing Infinite Data From Every Direction: Explosive Data Growth Will Create Enduring Needs for Both HDD and SSD Technologies
    • There Will Be No Way to Put the Storage Beast on a Diet
    • Spectrums of Opportunity for Both SSDs and HDDs
    • PC and Consumer Markets
    • Enterprise Storage: Solid States and Spinning Discs in Evolving Internet Landscapes
    • Cost and Efficiency of Petabyte Delivery
  • All Giants, No Dwarfs: Alliance and Abdication in the HDD and SSD Component Industries
  • Buyer Trends
  • Evolving Technology Trends
    • HDDs
    • Solid-State Drives: A Constant Evolution
  • Flash-Optimized Software

Contrarian View

  • Storage Crisis
  • Sluggish Application Software Innovation
  • Inertia

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