Thailand floods to lead to hard drive shortages for months!
November 15, 2011
Hard Drive Shortages Will Result in More Expensive PCs, Says Gartner
We want to make you aware of a situation that may affect your budget or demands in the very near future:
As some of you are aware, Thailand was recently devastated by floods that effected hundreds of thousands of families and crippled tens of thousands of factories (including major hard drive manufacturers). While our hearts go out to Thailand’s people and everyone effected, from a business perspective this creates a supply and demand problem that will drive prices up for the next few months at least.
If you think you may have a need in the next few month for a PC, laptop, server (or anything that requires a hard drive), our recommendation would be to plan for and procure sooner rather than later! We at Info Advantage are already experiencing the ripple effect as businesses and consumers are rushing to fill orders before supplies are exhausted. Over the last few days we have seen prices for PCs, laptops and servers jump dramatically. Gartner Group predicts an increase of 30-50% on all hard drives over these next 6-8 months. All the technology manufactures will be effected by this shortage and too will not be able to manufacture these business critical products.
If you have any questions about this, please contact your Info Advantage representative at (585) 254-8710.
Here are some industry reports on the situation:
NY Times: Thailand Flooding Cripples Hard-Drive Suppliers
ZDnet: Thailand floods to lead to hard drive shortages for months
PC World: Hard Drive Shortages Will Result in More Expensive PCs, Says Gartner
TechieBuzz: Hard Drive Prices Soar as Supply is Affected Due to Thailand Floods