February 1, 2012

Hard-Drive Shortage Hits Enterprise Drive Shipments Hard

Enterprise drives are very challenging to get, said Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at Nor-Tech, a Burnsville, Minn.-based custom system builder. "Everything we're hearing from our suppliers points to the shortage continuing through the rest of this year," Swank said. 

Desktop hard drives are more readily available than enterprise drives, but are still higher in price than before the flood, Swank said. 

 "We expect drive shipments to get close to normal by Q3 or Q4," he said. "But we don't expect drive prices to get back to pre-flood levels unless some new technology comes in. There are only two major vendors now, so don't expect them to want prices to fall too soon."

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