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Brighter outlook for storage budgets
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010
Spending is slowly picking up again, but storage managers are cautious and looking for technologies that can help them use their systems more efficiently. The last time we reported the results of our biannual Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Purchasing Intentions survey we suggested that storage managers could finally exhale after a year of nail-biting suspense over whether storage budgets would continue to fall. Last year's results were slightly encouraging, and the latest survey indicates the budget situation has improved once again. We're not saying storage managers are flush with funds, but the days of beating about the sofa cushions for loose change seem to be over. The average storage budget clocked in at a healthy $3.1 million; when compared to 2009, our average respondent storage budget grew by a modest 0.6%. Enterprise-sized companies are seeing the largest boost with an average 2.5% increase, followed by midsized companies with 1.6%. But times are still pretty tough for smaller companies as they reported a -0.6% ...
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