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The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2011

2011 found the storage industry making big bets on the future, including acquisitions and investments, new technologies, new vendors, and new markets.

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1. Flood Of Hard Drives Slowed By Flood Of Thailand Water

Record-breaking monsoon rains in Southeast Asia put up to a third of Thailand under water, including many of the industrial parks where up to a quarter of the world's hard drives were manufactured.

Analyst firm IHS iSuppli estimated that about 25 percent of the world's hard drives are manufactured in Thailand. In addition, a disruption in the production of key components, including electric motors and slider assemblies, has slowed part of the production in other countries, leading both Western Digital and Seagate to estimate that fourth quarter production of hard drives will top out at about 120 million units, compared to normal expected demand in the quarter of 180 million units.

The floods were latest in a string of natural disasters which impacted the IT industry.

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