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This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 3 May 2009
You can wring your hands over a shrinking storage budget or you can do something creative about it. By Rich Castagna "What, me worry?" says MAD magazine's Alfred E. Neuman, with his goofy, glazed-over grin. Move over, Alfred, I'm with you. No, I'm not subscribing to his haven't-a-clue outlook on life. I'm just doing my best to find the silver lining in an ever-so-gloomy economy, and I think it's time to try optimism and opportunities amid all the bad news. And there's no shortage of bad news. Forrester Research recently published a report that predicts IT spending will drop by 3.1% this year in contrast to the 1.6% hike they had predicted earlier. (It's hard to figure out how they ever projected an increase.) Still, I'd argue that 3.1% doesn't equal a doomsday drop. IDC also revisited some of its earlier prognostications for storage in 2009 and -- surprise -- rejiggered their numbers downward, too. The IT think tank says worldwide disk system spending will drop by 6.7% or, as they stated in their press release, "total disk ...
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You can take your chances and believe the deduplication ratios and performance the vendors say you'll get, or you can do it right and test the systems yourself.
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