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linathael
post Apr 17 2012, 07:56 AM
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Steve Luczo, current Seagate CEO, gave a long interview to Forbes. As his predecessors, he announced that SSD will never be able to replace plate-based HDs, and instead will further develop market share for such storage technology. The reason: it is impossible to replace all HD by SSD as the production of SSD worldwide is too small to achieve such goal. Today, the global production of Flash memory reaches 100 exa bytes, whereas Seagate, alone, has been selling 4 times the same storage capacity for the same period of time. However, we doubt that anyone would have predicted that we will all switch to SSD in couple of months...


He also confirmed that the HD production will be soon at its maximal level, but will not be sufficient to face a market expect to grow by 40%. So, he predicts a tight supply for the next 1 to 2 years, with the associated higher prices... now is it a wish, a rumor to attract investors, or a reality...
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post Apr 17 2012, 01:19 PM
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QUOTE (linathael @ Apr 17 2012, 08:56 AM) *
Steve Luczo, current Seagate CEO, gave a long interview to Forbes. As his predecessors, he announced that SSD will never be able to replace plate-based HDs, and instead will further develop market share for such storage technology. The reason: it is impossible to replace all HD by SSD as the production of SSD worldwide is too small to achieve such goal. Today, the global production of Flash memory reaches 100 exa bytes, whereas Seagate, alone, has been selling 4 times the same storage capacity for the same period of time. However, we doubt that anyone would have predicted that we will all switch to SSD in couple of months...


He also confirmed that the HD production will be soon at its maximal level, but will not be sufficient to face a market expect to grow by 40%. So, he predicts a tight supply for the next 1 to 2 years, with the associated higher prices... now is it a wish, a rumor to attract investors, or a reality...
By linathael, original by Lionel


Historically HDD prices have dropped quickly over the last few years. The sudden supply problem in Thailand has forced prices up again and this must benefit only the HDD makers. If you were Steve Luczo at Seagate which would you choose: Prices coming down to the pre-Thailand flood levels or another reason for keeping prices at a higher level. If production was capable of supplying the demand before the flood surely it can match it once factories are back working fully. Unless of course the HDD makers can convince us to pay more. Solution don't buy HDDs and they will have to reduce prices to stimulate demand. We can control the market if we try.
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