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Week in review podcast: HDD shortages, HP earnings and more news

Listen to the Storage Media Group news headlines: How the Thailand floods have created HDD shortages through 2012, HP’s earnings report and more data storage industry headlines.

In our weekly podcast, executive editor Ellen O’Brien speaks with senior news director Dave Raffo about how the Thailand floods and the resulting hard disk drive (HDD) shortages should last through at least the third quarter of 2012. According to Raffo, all hard drive prices have been affected, though some more than others. Enterprise drives have seen less of an impact than consumer products, he noted.

The two also discussed the Hewlett-Packard (HP) earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2011, in which HP reported a 6% drop in storage revenue. Raffo said while HP was hit hard by the HDD shortages, it took a bigger hit on the PC and server side.

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