Personal, Entry-Level Storage Markets Enjoyed Robust 2013
The sector remains healthy; worldwide shipments grew a robust 13.6 percent year over year in 2013, with 75.2 million units sold.In the non-enterprise end of the data storage business, IDC reports, the markets were as healthy as ever in 2013. As long as content keeps being created as fast and as furiously as it has been the last 10 years, the storage business will always need to be there to try and catch it all. Worldwide personal and entry-level storage shipments grew a robust 13.6 percent year over year in 2013, with 75.2 million units sold, according to the IT researcher's Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker released Feb. 13. These include mostly desktop and portable storage devices used in personal residences and small businesses, as well as sales of hard disk drives used in those storage devices.
Annual shipment values were up year over year, growing 6.2 percent to $6.7 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter, declining 4.2 percent year over year to 20.4 million units, while Q4 2013 shipment values were also down year over year, declining 10.3 percent to $1.8 billion.