Storage Industry Set to Change
Personal data storage industry is very capacious, yet very dependable on performance and the nature of the PC market in general. The rise of the tablet and SSD-based PCs will change it forever.
Shipments of slates - which all are going to use NAND flash memory for storage - will not only increase, they will skyrocket in 2011. Sales of smartphones are projected to not only skyrocket, but to become dramatically higher. As a result, the structure of the storage market will change in 2011.
Devices used by consumers will more and more use use SSD technology (even if is it is not needed), but remote storage systems will start to use HDDs in massively larger quantities. Consumers with SSDs will rely on remote storage systems, such as network area storage (NAS) at home and Internet-based storage everywhere.
I any scenario, on one SSD a consumer gets, he/she will acquire one or more HDDs. But this time those hard drives will not be installed inside their PCs, but will either be located somewhere in the digital universe or within a local area network.