Analyst Predicts Eightfold Increase in New Storage Capacity by 2012
Strong growth in digital storage demand is driven by higher-resolution content creation and distribution as well as archiving and digital preservation, the report claims.Data storage analyst and consultant Coughlin Associates will reveal a survey report Jan. 6 at the Storage Visions conference in Las Vegas that predicts an eightfold increase in new digital storage capacity and the doubling of storage-related revenues over the next six years. The Atascadero, Calif.-based firms 130-plus-page, fourth annual report on data storage and the entertainment marketthe 2007 Entertainment Content Creation and Digital Storage Reportindicates that the strong growth in digital storage demand is driven by higher-resolution content creation and distribution as well as archiving and digital preservation. The report analyzes requirements and trends in worldwide data storage for entertainment content acquisition; editing; archiving and digital preservation; as well as digital cinema, broadcast, satellite, cable, network and VOD distribution. Capacity and performance trends are presented and media projections are made for each of the various market segments, a Coughlin spokesperson said.
Industry storage capacity and revenue projections include direct attached storage, on-line as well as near-line network storage. Market share for content creation storage hardware for these three categories of storage systems are given for 2006.
- About 54 percent of the total storage capacity was used for content archiving and preservation in 2006. This is expected to increase to 72 percent by 2012.
- The 2006 storage media breakdown for all the digital entertainment content segments was 72 percent tape, 15 percent optical disk, 10 percent hard disk drives and 3.4 percent flash memory.
- By 2012 this should change to 28 percent, 30 percent, 35 percent and 7.4 percent for tape, optical, HDDs and flash respectively.
- There is a significant switch to network from direct attached storage for non-linear editing.
- ATA HDD arrays are becoming the dominant mode for fixed content storage.
- HDDs and holographic optical will take market share from tape for archival applications.
- New DCI standards are driving digital storage for feature film distribution.
- Digital cameras using optical media, flash memory, and hard disk drives are gaining momentum over traditional video tape.