Stalled technology refresh plans pick up some steam
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Thirty-two percent of Storage magazine's survey respondents are undergoing a
technology refresh update, and 33% plan to upgrade in the next six to 12 months.
Nearly half (44%) of our survey respondents said a tepid economy has either significantly or
very significantly affected the frequency at which their companies
their storage technologies
. But things must be getting better as 32% are undergoing a
technology refresh update right now, with another 33% planning to upgrade in the next six to 12
months. Sixteen percent of companies don't
have planned refresh cycles
, 30% perform them every two to three years, and 33% are on a four
or five year rotation. More than half will do DIY refreshes, while 45% will seek outside help from
vendors, VARs or consultants. Those vendors will be happy to hear that a storage
means replacing older arrays for 72% of respondents -- and a whopping 79%
who say they need more capacity will add to their currently installed capacity by buying brand-new
systems. On the software side, 57% are interested in storage management apps, 43% are looking at
storage virtualization software and 41% are sizing up DR/BC software. For storage infrastructure
refreshes, 44% plan to add FC switches, 28% will opt for Ethernet switches and 25% plan to shop for
About the author:
Rich Castagna is editorial
director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.
This was first published in August 2013