While speaking to financial analysts during a conference call, SanDisk CEO Eli Harari said that solid state disks are not expected to hit the mass market until 2011 - 2012 timeframe.
“If SSD were to take off anytime in the next six months, it would exacerbate the supply situation. We do believe that SSD is going to be a very important market and we do believe that in around 2011 – 2012, the industry will not have sufficient supply to meet the demand from SSD that will be developed by that time,” said Mr. Harari during the company’s quarterly conference call.
Last year Steven Wozniak, chief scientist at SSD maker Fusion-io, said that he did not expect solid-state drives to replace hard disk drives anytime soon. Still, considering the fact that SSDs consume a lot less energy compared to hard drives while offering a lot higher performance and do not require complex storage systems, enterprise customers are adopting solid-state drives even now.