Shortages result in delays, higher prices
The tech industry is currently experiencing a shortage of two essential components, DRAM and solid state drives (SSDs), and we are beginning to experience delays in obtaining these parts.
Desktop and server DRAM is in short supply because over the past couple of years, demand for smartphones and tablets has increased, leading memory manufacturers to rededicate themselves to the production of mobile chips. During this same time, the desktop/server market was sluggish, leading to a DRAM surplus and historically low prices.
Now that demand for desktops and servers is on the rise, that surplus of DRAM has been nearly depleted, and memory manufacturers are having to scramble to move their attention back to DRAM once again. However, the delay in DRAM production means that availability is limited. We are expecting prices to increase as well over the next year.
Meanwhile, that same consumer demand for mobile devices led to overproduction of NAND (flash memory), a key component in both smartphones and SSDs. With NAND prices falling in 2012 due to a surplus, manufacturers ceased production since it was no longer profitable. Today, with the NAND surplus spent, a shortage is limiting the number of SSDs on the market, and the ones that are available are becoming more expensive.
At Advanced Clustering, we stay apprised of such situations and do our best to maintain availability of all necessary parts. However, depending on your machine configuration, please be aware that there may be delays. We also recommend that if you are considering placing an order, that you do so soon to avoid increasing prices. Please contact us for more information at