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Storage managers can reach for their wallets again
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010
The purchasing picture for storage managers is a good news/bad news story: budgets are no longer in the negative column, but they're not rising much either. Storage managers may be able to loosen their belts a notch in 2010, but the era of storage budget belt-tightening is hardly over. Storage budgets, as reported by the 697 respondents to the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com bi-annual Storage Purchasing Intentions survey, didn't budge into positive territory, but avoided the negative to stay flat compared with 2009. Given the recent context, that's vaguely encouraging news as we saw year-over-year budgets go negative last year on both the spring (-1.9%) and fall (-0.4%) editions of the survey. Smaller companies appear to be bearing the brunt of the still uneasy economy more than their big brethren. At companies with revenue less than $100 million, budgets are down 0.8% compared with last year. For medium-sized and large companies, the picture is considerably brighter; storage budgets should rise 1.3% at medium-sized firms and...
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Features in this issue
The outlook for data storage managers in 2010 is a little brighter according to our Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. Find out what technologies respondents are looking at.
Solid state is emerging as a viable enterprise storage alternative, but there's lots of life left in hard disk drives, with higher capacity, greener and more capable drives coming.
RAID has been around for a long time and done a good job of protecting data. But high-capacity drives and new performance demands have spurred development of RAID alternatives.
In our survey, 50% of respondents use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier.
Columns in this issue
The deep freeze in IT spending is starting to thaw and IT organizations are shifting from cost-reduction mode to cost containment.
The world of file content and NAS storage is disjointed and fraught with error; we need to unravel the problem of massive file stores before the issue gets too big to handle.
A storage vendor may have a great technology, but the bottom line is how fit it is for survival in the marketplace. So put down that spec sheet and pick up the business section.