HDD shipments on the up says IDC

Hard disk drive (HDD) shipments for enterprise applications are said to jump from 40.5 million units in 2009 to 52.6 million units in 2014 according to IDC.

In its latest report the analyst house also predicted that the amount of digital information being created is expected to grow by a factor of 44 percent from 2009 to 2020.

According to Freecom, a Mitsubishi Kagaku Media company, the latest findings by IDC show that hard drives are still a key part of enterprise storage strategies. It said this was because businesses prefer to have their data physically present, as well as in the cloud or stored elsewhere.

David Pye, UK channel manager at Freecom, said: “With the rise of interactive web applications and new media showing no signs of slowing, it’s no surprise that businesses need more and more hard drives to deal with their growing information reserves.  

“What’s more, it’s not just about capacity today but also about speed, security and ease of use, and organisations are increasingly demanding faster ways of uploading, sharing and securing large amounts of data and information.”

The company added that it expected to see the growth of the latest technologies such as USB 3.0 as businesses, especially those operating in creative industries, look for quicker transfer rates for data. This is because the rapid speeds of USB 3.0 gives users the ability to transfer and share information at speeds of approximately 130 MB/s – significantly faster than popular kit.  

Pye continued: “By speeding up data transfer rates, vendors can equip businesses with the tools they need to help boost employee productivity and reduce the frustration they often experience when they’re waiting for files to upload or videos to stream.”

Other key findings from the IDC report included predictions that the transition from 3.5in. to 2.5in. performance-optimized form factor HDDs  would be complete by 2012 and  a growing interest in new storage delivery models such as storage as a service, or storage in the cloud is likely to put greater storage capacity growth demands on internet datacenters.