This IDC study presents an update to the Worldwide Hard Disk Drive Forecast Update, 2020–2024 (IDC #US47039720, December 2020). It integrates IDC's current IT hardware and consumer electronics products forecasts through 2025 as well as updated HDD and solid state drive technology transition assumptions. This forecast also reflects updated HDD and SSD attach rate assumptions in systems, particularly where the mass storage device is fungible in the system or device.
Underpinning the worldwide HDD forecast update are IDC's assumptions regarding HDD technology transitions that will affect the pace of HDD areal density growth (see Worldwide Hard Disk Drive Component Forecast, 2020–2024, IDC #US46738620, July 2020), HDD product transitions, and HDD price-per-gigabyte declines for each HDD product segment.
"As the world begins to emerge from the effects of the yearlong global pandemic, we expect to see continued strength in desktop and mobile personal computer demand driven by the stay-at-home economy and a return of some modest growth in on-premises datacenter demand as businesses begin to recover and reopen," according to Ed Burns, research director, Hard Disk Drive and Storage Technologies. "IDC is also forecasting that trends resulting from the pandemic will continue to benefit the video surveillance and cloud service provider segments as businesses put in place plans to ensure better operational and digital resilience after having their eyes opened to the impact on certain businesses and industries that were less prepared in these areas."
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