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Vol. 3 No. 3 May 2004

Green light for disk spending

About this survey: Our survey was conducted in February and March 2004 by e-mail. Results are based on answers from 635 respondents, all of whom had specific purchasing authority for disk subsystems, network hardware, backup hardware or software or storage management software. Respondents represented a cross-section of industries, with financial services, manufacturing, government, education and the computer industry comprising the largest segments. Storage managers say they are going to spend 4% more in 2004 than they spent last year, but a lot of the boost will go toward disk--adding capacity to the arrays they already own--rather than adding raw capacity. Tape spending is beginning to decline and disk backup is starting to take off. Networks continue to evolve, but switch purchases are getting less of the budget. And storage managers are hesitant to invest in storage management software. That's according to the 635 respondents of Storage's March 2004 Purchasing Intentions Survey (see "About this survey"). The average spending...

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