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Habits shift in NAS servers as personal storage use rises

Smaller boxes, higher capacities
Mon Aug 18 2014, 16:58
Seagate Nas Pro

IDC FIGURES show that the appetite for additional storage is on the up, with 17 million units shipped during the second quarter.

The figures from International Data Corporation (IDC) have shown a 1.5 percent growth in Personal and Entry Level Storage (PELS) sales during three month period through the end of June.

Of these devices, the vast majority, 98.7 percent are personal storage devices such as home NAS devices, and of those 97.4 percent were single bay, with multi-bay devices seeing a 9.9 percent year on year decline.

Storage continues to simultaneously shrink and grow with an 8.5 percent decline in shipment of 3.5in devices and a 4.4 percent rise in 2.5in devices. But as the boxes shrink the capacities grow. 45.2 percent of 3.5in devices were 2TB capacity and 58.2 percent of 2.5in devices had 1TB capacity.

Entry-level devices, which IDC describes as being those having between three and 12 bays, showed 4TB drives leading a fragmented market with 26.3 percent of shipments.

In terms of how users transfer data, 93.8 percent of users connect to devices with Ethernet cables. While Thunderbolt use has risen 10 percent, it's a 10 percent increase of a tiny figure.

The PELS market continues to benefit from significant support from hardware makers. Seagate recently announced that it was entering the NAS arena with a new range of drives, while WD has increased its Mycloud range to include two and four bay versions as well as the original one bay NAS. µ


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