by Brian Beeler

SSD Sales up 14% in 2009

IDC is out with a new report today indicating that despite a weak economic year, SSD drive adoption continued to grow. Solid state drives accounted for over 11 million units sold in 2009, a 14% year over year growth.

Other highlights from the IDC market outlook include:

  • Reduced IT spending in the last 18 months has led to cutbacks in NAND semiconductor production, slowing the decrease in price of SSDs. Long term though, the decline in NAND memory cost will lead to lower price points, making SSDs, especially those with high capacities, a more viable alternative to hard disk drives in certain segments.
  • IDC believes that the largest market opportunity for SSDs will be in PCs. This will come largely from the notebook market where consumers will pay the extra cost of an SSD to gain the performance benefits. The netbook and other micro-computing devices are also driving forces in the adoption of SSDs, albeit at lower capacities.
  • SSDs are making gains in the enterprise space due to the desire for increased performance, better utilization, faster access times, and lower power consumption.  

IDC's full findings can be found in their Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast Update (fee). 

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