Storage Web Digest: Rapidly Falling Storage Costs Enable Bigger Databases, New Applications
Databases are getting bigger, enabling companies to do things they couldn't do a few years ago, according to a consulting shop specializing in very large database installations.
Enterprise StorageThe Midmarket Takes to Storage Its a good time to be a bargain-basement storage shopper. Sophisticated features like data replication and snapshot copying, which at one time were only available to IT administrators willing to shell out the big bucks for systems like an EMC Symmetrix, have now migrated down to the midrange. This is one of the reasons research firm International Data Corp. identifies the storage midmarket as a growth area. According to IDC researcher Eric Sheppard, worldwide external disk storage systems that cost between $50,000 and $150,000 are expected to grow from 20.7 percent of total sales in 2002 to about 25.4 percent in 2006. In addition, growth for disk arrays that cost less than $50,000 is projected to go from 36.91 percent in 2002 to 43.88 percent in 2006. "On one side its good that all the system technology has matured," said Tony Ferrante, vice president of sales at Computer Design and Integration, Teterboro, N.J. "But at the same time, I can see it making it more difficult for people to sell. The competition is getting stronger because you are getting more players coming into the market as well."
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Personal StorageSanDisk Introduces New Memory Stick for 3G Phones SanDisk Corp. last week introduced the SanDisk Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory cards to expand its Memory Stick product line. The two new Memory Stick Duo cards are designed to fit into electronic devices such as 2.5G and 3G mobile phones. These mobile phones require greater storage capacity for their storage-intensive features such as digital cameras, video capture and playback, digital audio players, games, and messaging capabilities. SanDisk expects to begin shipping the cards in September. Read the full story on:3G Newswroom
Storage BusinessAnalysts See 2003 Revenue Growth in Hard Disk Market The hard disk drive industry is returning to revenue growth in 2003, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp. The market watcher expects hard disk and optical drive markets will only grow about 3.5 percent each on a compound basis through 2007. While unit growth is strong in both sectors, iSuppli expects continued price declines based on growing consumer sales of hard drives and increasing competition from Taiwan and China OEMs in optical drives. Hard disk makers saw sales fall 18 and 9 percent and average selling prices (ASP) drop 15 and 18 percent in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Hard drive ASPs will dip a more modest 3.9 percent this year, iSuppli predicts. Read the full story on: EE Times