In the wake of all of the solid state drive SSD activity lately, I wasn't surprised to see another alternative make a bid for some attention. In the words of one of my favorite Monty Python films, perhaps the HDD is "not dead yet" but "getting better." I just got news of a new report out of Objective Analysis (Los Gatos, CA), that looks into the market viability of hybrid HDDs, or a standard disk drive combined with NAND flash memory.
The new report, called: Are Hybrid Drives Finally Coming of Age, posits that when these hybrid drives first came on the market in 2007, the technology "was well conceived but poorly implemented." So what's changed? The report claims that "now that working versions have been implemented, the hybrid drive promises to sweep the PC hard drive market." Hmmm.
Jim Handy, the analyst on the report projects hybrid HDDs will reach 600 million units by 2016.
So, my questions to you are:
- Is there a market for hybrid HDDs?
- Have you seen them/used them, if yes, what do you think?
Sound off below.