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Seagate, Western Digital, HGST, and Toshiba form new storage association

A new forum designed to educate consumers and professionals about the critical role hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) technologies plays in today’s digital age was recently formed by storage industry leaders.

SPA-did-you-knowSeagate, Western Digital, HGST, and Toshiba formed the Storage Product Association to help storage manufacturers and consumers alike understand the pivotal role that storage offerings such as HDD and SSHD technologies play in an effective storage mix for all consumer and business environments.

“œThe market for storage continues to grow at an explosive rate with estimates now predicting that by 2020 demand will reach 6 zettabytes annually,” said Jeff Burke, Seagate vice president of strategic marketing and research.  “œAs the purveyor of the broadest storage portfolio in the industry, Seagate is committed to sharing the benefits of storage technologies and the right storage mix for consumer and enterprise needs. We are pleased to join SPA as we view the association as an excellent forum for educating the public at large.”

In addition to informing customers, partners, members and users about current storage offerings, SPA will strive to provide balanced and informative information to the marketplace about cutting-edge storage technologies such as shingle magnetic recording and heat-assisted magnetic recording and the role these new technologies may serve in the future.

Making its debut recently at the Flash Memory Summit 2013, SPA founding members participated together in a panel titled, “œSolid State Hybrid Drives Help Meet Today’s Storage Requirements” to discuss the pivotal role of hard disk drives and solid state hybrid drives. The panel discussion took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president, for hard drives and semiconductors, moderated the panel.

For more information, go to www.storage-products-association.org and on Twitter, @storageproducts.

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