IDC Outlook for Solid State Drives Remains Bright, Despite Market Challenges and Economic Uncertainties

Despite the bad economic news, shipments of solid state drives increased by 14 percent last year.

IDC: While they haven't yet replaced hard disk drives in most systems, solid state drive shipments increased significantly in 2009. In fact, manufacturers shipped more than 11 million units for a 14 percent increase over last year.

"Despite lingering uncertainties around the economy, IDC remains positive on the outlook for SSDs and believes the trajectories for shipment and revenue growth are a source of optimism moving forward," said IDC's Jeff Janukowicz.

Key findings in the report include:

  • As SSD prices drop, they will become a more viable alternative to HDDs.
  • SSDs have a big opportunity for adoption in traditional notebooks and mininotebooks.
  • SSDs may be used to complement HDDs for certain enterprise applications.

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