Macbook Air could foretell death of hard drives

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Analysts say Apple's backing and declining prices of SSDs could convince consumers and CIOs that hard drives aren't always needed

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs this week introduced a slimmer version of the Macbook Air, an ultra-portable laptop without a traditional hard disk drive, he said it represents "the future of notebooks." Several industry observers agree.

Beginning with MP3 players, NAND flash technology in the form of solid state drives (SSD) has been devouring the consumer hard drive market from the bottom up as prices go down .

And, while hard disk drives will still populate servers and storage systems in corporate data centers for years to come, there will be fewer of them as solid state drives cannibalize the top tiers of data storage there.

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