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Nearline HDD: The Cloud Dominates Enterprise Storage Demand

Capacity enterprise, or nearline HDDs are a mainstay for inexpensive, reliable bulk storage, utilized by nearly all enterprise market segments, including servers, network or external storage and hyperscale or could service providers. For as long as TRENDFOCUS has been tracking these shipments (as far back as 2008), nearline HDD unit volumes have increased from 3 […]

Nearline HDD Disk-Per-Drive Ratio to Top 6 Disks by 2019, Aluminum Disk Substrate Shortage on the Horizon

Higher disk/drive counts in nearline HDDs combined with limited investment in aluminum disk substrate manufacturing have amplified tension on the industry supply chain. Key parts of the disk manufacturing process, specifically NP (nickel plate) and NPP (nickel plate polish), have been points of concern since 2013. With lead time estimates for disk equipment orders varying […]

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