Not McDonalds…the Internet. Given Seagate just shipped its 2 Billionth hard drive this year, this begs the question: is there a direct correlation between the number of internet users and the number of hard disk drives shipped?
If you remember, Seagate became the first hard drive company to ship its 2 Billionth hard disk drive (HDD) this past year. Looking back, we shipped our 1 Billionth HDD in 2008. That’s a billion more hard drives in a 4 year span.
Compare this to internet users. In 2008, there were 1.4 Billion internet users worldwide. Today, there are roughly 2.4 Billion users. That’s 1 Billion more internet users in the same 4 year span.
In another 4 years, by 2017, there will be another 1 Billion internet users added reaching a total of 3.4 Billion. Given we shipped a billion more in the same 4 years prior, is it safe to say that Seagate will we ship its 3 Billionth HDD by 2017? Possibly. Theoretically, it could happen even sooner if…
- Tablets start migrating in mass to our new Ultrathin 5mm HDDs (and why shouldn’t they?)
- Cloud and Big Data just keep getting bigger and bigger meaning more and more HDD and SSDs
- PC and Notebook demand gets a boost by some crazy cool technology.
- We include our SSD and SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) products in the numbers, not just our hard drives.
Care to make a prediction?