IHS said HDDs would continue
to be part of the storage solution even in ultrabooks--the Intel-backed
ultrathin, power thrifty laptops that feature SSDs. The solution, which
cobbles hard disk drives together with a so-called cache SSD module,
boasts of a superior price-value proposition compared to SSD-only
counterparts, IHS said.
A major growth area for HDDs in coming
years will be in the business sector, spanning the enterprise space,
cloud storage, big data and big-data analytics, according to IHS.
Bearing the lowest cost of any storage medium now on the market, HDDs
will remain the final destination for the majority of digital content
that need to be filed away, IHS said. IHS noted that later this year
Western Digital Corp. is expected to launch a 5-terabyte Helium HDD,
catering mostly to data centers for enterprise servers and storage
Western Digital is expected to continue battling
archrival Seagate Technology for market leadership in both revenue and
shipments, especially in the enterprise business segment, IHS said.
While Seagate had a 50 percent share of the enterprise market last year,
the introduction by Western Digital of its new helium technology could
catapult the manufacturer to the top at the end of 2013, according to
the research firm.
IHS said it expects similar losses in both
revenue and shipments in the market for PC optical disk
drives--including discs like CDs and DVDs. IHS said optical drives could
eventually be abandoned altogether by PC makers.