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SSD sales to continue growth in 2012

As the HDD sector struggles to recover, SSD sales should continue to see strong growth in 2012, it is claimed.

Solid-state drive (SSD) manufacturers look set to take advantage of the catastrophic flooding in Thailand with a strong 2012 performance.

The natural disaster in Thailand last year heavily impacted production of hard disk drives (HDDs), and producers in the country are expecting that it will still be many months before output returns to normal.

Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that this disruption to the supply chain will present a "significant opportunity" for SSD vendors to fill the deficit.

Use of SSDs had already been growing prior to the floods, however, with the IDC claiming that global revenue in this sector reached $5 billion (£3.2 million) in 2011, representing an increase of 105 per cent from 2010 figures.

Furthermore, the IDC is expecting further strong expansion in 2012 and beyond, with an annual growth rate in the region of 51 per cent.

Jeff Janukowicz, research director for solid-state storage and hard disk drive components at IDC, said: "2011 was a record year for the worldwide SSD market, with revenue more than doubling year over year due to strong SSD shipment growth in the enterprise and client segments.

"The increasing use of flash in enterprise solutions, explosive growth of mobile client devices, and lower SSD pricing is creating a perfect storm for increased SSD shipments and revenue over our forecast."

IDC goes on to explain that growth in uptake of tablet and ultrabook devices, as well as the introduction of Windows 8, will be major factors pushing the SSD sector forward.

New ultrabooks have recently been unveiled by the likes of Lenovo and Acer - both of which use SSD storage for added speed and shock protection.

Pricing will also have an impact with the cost of SSD storage expected to fall below $1 (£0.64) per gigabyte in the second half of 2012.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801259424-ADNFCR