Seagate Technology has shipped its two billionth hard disk drive (HDD), which it says makes it the first hard disk manufacturer to do so, the company announced today.
The use of mobile applications, cloud infrastructures, social media, business applications and a wide variety of consumer markets contributed to this huge demand for storage.
"The ever-growing number of mobile and content capture devices using cloud services is fueling the growth of digital content," according to John Rydning, IDC's research vice president, for hard drives and semiconductors. "Mobile devices and the cloud are coming together to drive ongoing demand for hard disk drives, with shipments reaching more than 585 million units in 2013, and hard disk drive Terabyte shipments worldwide growing at a 30 percent 2012-2016 compound annual growth rate."
Seagate took 29 years to ship one billion units and reached the second billion milestone four years thereafter.
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