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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 8 October 2008 issue of CDP 2.0: Finding success with the latest continuous data protection tools
Storage managers are starting to feel the pinch of a slowing economy, but they still have to store and protect more data than ever. The weak economy hit storage managers with a double whammy: less money to store more data. According to the latest edition of Storage magazine's Purchasing Intentions Survey, the average storage budget reported by respondents was $2.6 million--not a meager amount, but 19% off the average figure reported last spring and 24% less than last fall's tally (see "How storage budgets break down," below). And if you turn the calendar back a couple of years and compare it to the fall of 2006, the drop is even more precipitous at 28%. It looks like some belt tightening is the order of the day, at least for the foreseeable future. But even with fewer bucks in the bank, dollars are earmarked in much the same way as in the past six years, with the biggest chunk (42%) going toward disk hardware (see "Where storage budget dollars go," below). While disk and disk system prices have decreased significantly over the same period, the portion ... Access >>>
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