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After 29 years in the business, Seagate on Tuesday announced it is the first first hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturer to ship two billion HDDs. What's especially remarkable about the feat is that half of those shipments came within just the last four years. Seagate credits the milestone to "explosive demand" in mobile, cloud infrastructures, social media, business applications, and from being in a position to serve a variety of consumer markets.
"This is truly an impressive accomplishment and I am proud to lead this company as we celebrate this success," said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate. "This achievement is a testament to the commitment of our employees whose relentless dedication and personal pride continue to be the fabric of this company."
It's also a testament to digital videos, music, and photos, all of which have pushed storage needs to an all-time high. According to Seagate, user-generated high definition camcorder video, still pictures, and smartphone clip sharing storage needs will quadruple from 2013 to 2015.
Seagate was also the first to ship 1 billion HDDs, a milestone it crossed in April 2008, two years after it acquired Maxtor. The company later acquired Samsung's HDD business in a deal worth $1.375 billion.
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