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How many years do HDDs have left?

I admire everything about this infographic by Mozy except for one thing…the apparent end of disk drives in the 21st century. Maybe it’s time to face the music, and join the “SSD will kill the HDD” bandwagon. Then again, maybe not.  After all, we still have 72 years to go in the 21st century :)

Will it happen, sure. I can buy that. The question is when. At what point in the 21st century will we see an all-flash based data storage world? I have no idea. All I know is that it won’t be in the next 5, 10, maybe even 20 years.  Look closely at the infographic…where the HDD apparently dies and where SSD takes over, there is one data storage technology that rears its head – cloud.

We all know cloud comprises a lot of SSD, and even more HDDs, heck it even includes Tape. Maybe I am splitting hairs and spending way to much time over-analyzing the graphic, but perhaps the SSD, HDD, and Tape lifelines should all merge into cloud. That might be a better representation of data storage in the 21st century, but then again, I’m a long-time HDD guy only recently diving headlong into SSD.

How many years do you think the HDD has left in it’s already very long life?


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