iSuppli: Western Digital to Rule the HDD Universe
"The enterprise HDD market garners significantly higher margins than the consumer segment, which makes the enterprise a fast-growing market for HDD revenue," said Zhang. "To date, WDC has largely been absent from the enterprise segment. However, Hitachi GST brings WDC the essential technology, product portfolio and experience required to compete in the enterprise segment."
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Hitachi currently offers both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch HDDs with SATA and SAS interfaces and has plenty of experience in this area. That's a big gain for WDC, and so is the fact that it now dominates a HDD market that could see sales start to dwindle as lower cost, higher capacity solid state drives and flash memory (mobile devices) grow in popularity.