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'Temporary' increase after deadly Thailand flooding

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All mainstream disk array suppliers seem to be raising prices. Here's what Hitachi Data Systems, the latest one to do so, says:

As with other companies in our industry, HDS has witnessed a global cost increase from hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturers due to the devastating floods in Thailand. To date, Hitachi has absorbed these price increases; however, on February 1, 2012, we will have to raise the list prices of the HDDs we sell by 5-15 per cent to offset the cost increases being passed to us from our suppliers. We expect the increases to be temporary until the industry returns to a more stable production level.

HDS is following on from EMC, HP, and NetApp. Dell and IBM will surely follow suit. &reg

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