Flooding in Thailand is driving up prices and constricting availability of HDDs. A Gartner Note, “How to Cope with a Worldwide Hard-Disk Shortage in 2012” (G00227631) by Valdis Filks and Stanley Zaffos, December 6 2011, predicts:”HDD costs will increase by up to 20% in 2012″. Their number one recommendation to cope with the shortage is:
“Accelerate the deployment of storage efficiency improving technologies and procedures.”
Data growth isn’t going away. IDC says it will grow to over 3.5ZB in 2012, doubling the volume of 2011, and by 2020 35ZB will be created annually. I’ve always believed change (and even crisis) creates opportunity. In this case, the flood-gates are open for highly efficient (dedupe enabled) flash storage to make major market share gains. Disruptive flash storage with unprecedented performance, reliability and efficiency will erupt on the scene in 2012.