November 26, 2007

Storage Update: Tracking current storage trends

Desktop Drives
The demand for 80 GB through 400 GB HDDs remains strong. This is true for both the IDE and, especially, the SATA interfaces. The 80 GB pricing has increased month over month, with limited quantities available at $43–$45 each. Meanwhile, pricing for 750 GB and TB drives is on the decline.

Notebook Drives
We continue to see regular production requirements for 80 GB to 160 GB 5400 RPM SATA 2.5" HDDs. Customers are seeking cost-savings opportunities, as product appears to be readily available in the market. However, demand for the PATA equivalent of the aforementioned capacities is tapering off. There is still significant activity among the lower-capacity drives in the trailing-edge and wholesale markets. This is especially true of the 40 GB and 60 GB capacities in both the 4200 RPM and 5400 RPM speeds. Mobile HDD in the 10 GB capacities and lower are slow moving, primarily with part number–specific demand in the service space.

Server Drives
There has been little change in the server market since our report last month. The migration from SCSI HDDs to SATA HDDs continues, with the 250 GB through 500 GB capacities remaining the most widely consumed. Activity around SCSI HDDs is most prominent in the service space.

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