We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

SSD shipments leap 66% in Q3, revenue doubles

SSD shipments hit 6.66 billion, IDC says

Shipments of solid-state drives (SSDs) jumped more than 66% in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same period last year.

According to data released by market research firm IDC, SSD shipments rose from 4 billion in year-ago quarter to 6.66 billion in the same quarter this year.

Revenue from SSD sales rose from $673 million to $1.29 billion over the same period.

IDC separates SSD sales into three market segments: commercial, enterprise and client. Enterprise refers to data center systems, including storage arrays and servers; client refers to the PC market, including notebooks and netbooks; and commercial refers to industrial equipment, including factory automation, medical equipment, military systems and aerospace.

Revenues from commercial sales of SSDs actually dipped over the past year, to $59.7 million from $70.7 million a year ago. Revenues from enterprise sales, however, more than doubled from $247.8 million to $522 million.

The biggest segment winner was client-side SSDs, where revenues more than doubled from $354 million to $716 million.

2010 was a record year for the worldwide SSD market, with revenue increasing 103.4% from 2009 levels due to strong SSD shipment growth in the enterprise and client segments.

IDC cautioned that the SSD market is still early in its business life cycle and is only now really reaching mainstream markets.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is [email protected] .

Read more about storage in Computerworld's Storage Topic Center.


IDG UK Sites

Nokia branding killed in place of 'Microsoft Lumia': Windows Phone moves into new era

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

Halloween Photoshop tutorials: 13 masterclasses for horrifying art, designs and type

IDG UK Sites

Should you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8? iOS 8.1 brings back Camera Roll, adds Apple Pay in...