Hard Drive Shortage
The recent devastating flooding in Thailand is going to have a big impact on hard drive availability and pricing. Just how big an impact is difficult to say, but already pricing for some hard drives has seen as much as a 70% increase in the last two weeks.
According to the "Plan now for serious hard drive shortages: Tips to reduce risk" article appearing on TechRepublic.com, some of the shipping dates for the largest server and storage brands in the US are now listed after March of 2012.
To get a sense on the pricing impact, take a look at the article appearing today on the ExtremeTech website, "HDD Pricewatch: You know where it’s going - we tell you how much it’s going to hurt". The article contains some pricing chart information along with projections on where they expect hard drive pricing to go.