SSD revenues set for massive rise

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New industry predictions have claimed that the Solid State Drive (SSD (opens in new tab)) market will generate a staggering $51.5 billion in revenue by 2025. 

As per IDC’s new forecast, SSD unit shipments are predicted to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% between 2021 and 2025,

IDCs positive growth figures are based on an increase in demand from all segments including end users, enterprise users and cloud computing (opens in new tab) service providers.

"The pandemic has accelerated the need for transformation, and worldwide demand for SSDs has increased because of this trend as both consumers and businesses have looked to take advantage of the technologies' benefits," said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, Solid State Drives and Enabling Technologies at IDC. 

Growth factors

In their breakdown of IDCs’ report, ZDNet (opens in new tab) lists some of the key factors that have led to such positive estimates.

For starters, IDC notes that client SSDs are in higher demand as a result of the move towards permanent work from home (opens in new tab) and remote (opens in new tab) schooling all across the world. Surprisingly, this hasn’t had a negative impact on the use of SSDs in enterprises where demand continues to hold strong.

IDC also notes that technological advancements in coming years in key areas such as NAND flash will help improve the price-performance ratio of SSD further increasing demand. 

Surprisingly, while the research does note that the current pricing of SSDs remains volatile and elevated, it pins this on increased demand, while completely ignoring the ongoing global chip shortage (opens in new tab), which industry leaders believe could last several years (opens in new tab)

Another aspect that’s apparently hasn’t been looked into is the rising popularity of the Chia cryptocurrency (opens in new tab), which demands more storage (opens in new tab) for its mining, rather than processing prowess, and has already started driving SSD prices to the north (opens in new tab).

Mayank Sharma

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