Long-Term Outlook for Worldwide R-HDD Market Finds Shipment and Revenue Growth of More Than 50%, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 5, 2008 – IDC released the industry's first market size and forecast for the worldwide removable hard disk drive (R-HDD) market, revealing that the opportunity looks bright for R-HDD adoption. Worldwide shipments will increase at a 65% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), totaling over 3 million R-HDD solutions and additional disk cartridges in 2012. Meanwhile, total worldwide R-HDD revenue will grow equally as strong with a 52% CAGR.

"In the past, R-HDDs have been largely proprietary solutions with no ability to interchange data," said John Rydning, research manager for Hard Disk Drives and Components at IDC. "However, the current R-HDD solutions are increasingly based on standardized products that allow for data sharing and interchange."

There has been significant OEM interest in positioning R-HDDs alongside low-end tape drives, as well as an alternative to tape. IDC believes that in the year ahead, the majority of the R-HDD solutions will be used for direct-attached server and host-based backup and recovery functions, impacting the low-end tape drives, such as DDS/DAT, negatively.

"While the new group of R-HDD solutions are being positioned as tape replacement products, the challenge for large, tape-centric OEMs will be transitioning customers to R-HDDs while managing their large, profitable tape portfolios," added Robert Amatruda, research director for Tape and Removable Storage at IDC.

IDC's study, Worldwide 2007-2012 Removable Hard Disk Drive Forecast and Analysis: The Quest for a Viable Tape Replacement (Doc #210169) presents forecasts by capacity for the R-HDD solution market (including one docking station with one disk cartridge) and for the additional disk cartridge component separately. Additionally, the study offers an historical perspective of the R-HDD market and guidance to R-HDD suppliers and personal storage device providers.

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