Storage using Raid (Redundant Array of Inexpensive/Independent Disks) technology will be the next system that OEMs integrate into their products to provide consumers with improved data and disaster recovery protection, according to IDC.
The analyst firm based its prediction on the growing trend for multiple PC home networks that use PCs and hard disk drives to store digital music, photos and movies.
However, recovering corrupted or lost digital media is impossible if the files not backed up or protected by some means. This situation calls for a "new level of data protection" for consumers, IDC believes.
"We see Raid following the trends of other technologies that began in businesses and migrated to consumers," said John Buttress, research manager for hard disk drives at IDC.
"Raid will be widely adopted in the home, and many of the steps required to integrate the technology are complete. However, some issues still remain for the technology to be ready for the mass market."
The IDC study noted that user friendliness and service issues must be addressed before consumers will be able to accept this relatively complex technology. It added that costs will also need to decrease to support mass adoption.
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