Is there a disk drive sales slump? Seagate's latest quarterly results suggested it and now WD's results confirm it. Enterprise disk drive buyers are spending less money. Despite all the marketing/analyst guffery about data bloat driving storage sales, both Seagate and Western Digital have seen lower sales in the last three …
>No capacity increase for 2.5 years.
>Wonders why revenues drop.
Throw down the HAMR!
I was under the impression that they rolled out the 4TB caviar black back in Nov 2012, and the 6TB helium drives came out last Nov (2013).
Maybe it's because they both make CRAP. Everybody knows Toshibas are much more reliable.
It's all pretty simple, really. Software defined storage players have commoditised everything from teiring to deduplication. Anyone of any size can now make better use of their storage. That reprieve won't last, and soon we'll be back to the disk vendors, hat in hand.
Only this time, we'll be running more workloads against the disks, and deduplication, compression and $deity knows what else as well. So we'll need faster disks. More SSDs. Hybrids and so forth.
I never ends.
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