Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009

By Steve Wexler  |  Posted 2009-12-14 Email Print this article Print


As we wrap up a troubled 2009 and look towards a brighter 2010, a number of storage-related stories stand out as the top news candidates, ranging from increasing demand for capacity coupled with decreasing price tags to the ongoing soap opera that is poor Sun Microsystems. The following are Channel Insider's choices for the top 10 news stories for 2009.

#8 SSDs: Time To Get Serious?

From a hype perspective, solid state disk drives (SSDs) are right up there with Tiger Woods and the Colts’ and Saints' runs for perfection, but they're still a very small part of the market. However, as sales are poised to break through the billion-dollar barrier and HDD kingpin Seagate's officially entered the market, it appears that respectability is at hand.

SSDs are generating more interest as costs come down, says Donna Taylor, principal research analyst for Gartner's global Storage Quarterly Statistics program, and they will become more attractive in the near future. The company estimates that unit growth will double and sales of will reach $1 billion in 2010.

According to SSD analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis, the enterprise SSD market is currently worth around $500 million and probably won't pass the $1 billion range until 2013. The remaining half-billion is in PCs and is primarily a retail play. Seagate's initial product is for OEMs, but the company will launch more products next year, including something more channel-friendly.



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