Data Storage: 10 Data Storage Developments that Grabbed Headlines in 2011
November: Thailand Floods Significantly Impact HDD Industry
Record rainstorms and flooding in Thailanda region that assembles about 70 percent of the world's HDDscaused a flooding disaster that hit the world IT supply chain harder than the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. As a result, there are now massive shortages of hard disks in the first quarter of 2012.
While new mobile devices, the cloud and security often grabbed the biggest headlines in 2011, data storageboth on-site and off-sitealso made its share of headlines. Storage media is the home base for all our data, in whatever form. The advancements in various types of media, cloud systems, management software and dataflow acceleratorsthere is a long list of subsetsmake the sector more important than ever in the computer industry, even if the technology is often taken for granted. The significance and impact of storage technology was demonstrated best of all by storage product shortages caused by the weather-in terms of flooding in Thailand and how it is affecting the production of hard drives. Looking back at 2011 through a data storage lens, eWEEK saw few dull moments. This slide show presents, in somewhat of an order of importance, the most significant storage news stories of 2011.