Data Storage: 10 Data Storage Developments that Grabbed Headlines in 2011

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-01-11 Print this article Print
November: Thailand Floods Significantly Impact HDD Industry

November: Thailand Floods Significantly Impact HDD Industry

Record rainstorms and flooding in Thailand—a region that assembles about 70 percent of the world's HDDs—caused 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 storage—both on-site and off-site—also 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 accelerators—there is a long list of subsets—make 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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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