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The global Flash industry continues to grow, says Ganesh Guruswamy, vice president at SanDisk

BANGALORE, INDIA: The world of digital content grows exponentially every day. SanDisk helps companies and consumers capture, share, preserve and access that content from the data center all the way to the digital camera. SanDisk's endeavour has been: maximizing flash memory, globally.

At the recently held CDNLive event in Bangalore, Ganesh Guruswamy, vice president at SanDisk, spoke to Shanthi Thomas and Pradeep Chakraborty about the flash memory industry. Excerpts:

CIOL: How is the flash memory industry doing?

Ganesh Guruswamy: The flash industry continues to grow, driven in part by the increase in content creation and consumption, a proliferation of mobile devices and enhanced connectivity.

These trends are key reasons why average capacities are expected to increase over time for flash storage being designed into smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin computers, servers for enterprise applications, and consumer products such as SD and CompactFlash cards.

CIOL: How has it grown over the years?

GG: The flash storage industry has grown dramatically over the past 25 years. Current analyst projections have the flash industry reaching approximately $30 billion this year (2013). Since our inception in 1988, SanDisk has evolved to become a leading storage solutions provider been a leader in the flash storage, and together with our strategic partner Toshiba, we produce close to half of the industry bit output on an annual basis.

CIOL: Considering that there will be an explosion of smart devices, will there be an imbalance in demand and supply going forward?

GG: The industry supply and demand has been in relative balance for 2013. While demand is expected to continue to increase as flash storage continues to play an integral role in the evolution of smart devices and the enterprise, SanDisk expects a healthy industry environment for 2014.

CIOL: Is SanDisk looking at establishing its manufacturing fab in India?

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