2009: Do more with less


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Storage managers will have to cope with tighter budgets next year despite rising disk capacities.

two things appear certain as we look forward to 2009: storage managers will have more data to deal with and less money to do it. According to Storage magazine's 2009 Storage Priorities survey, budgets earmarked for storage technologies will increase on average by only 3.8% vs. an average 6.2% increase reported last year (see "About our survey," below). Tighter purse strings will affect most, if not all, companies, but mid-sized businesses may get hit a little harder than their smaller and larger cousins. Last year, mid-sized companies expected to increase their storage budgets by nearly 7%, but this year's estimate is a much more modest 2.5% (see "Expected change in storage budgets," below).

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About our survey
About our survey: The 2009 Storage Priorities survey was conducted in September and October of 2008; a similar survey was conducted at the same time last year. Some Storage magazine subscribers were invited by email to participate in the survey, and there were a total of 224 valid responses, which didn't include representatives of storage vendors or consultants. Respondents represented a broad range of industries, and were roughly split among small- (revenue of less than $100 million annually), medium- (revenue of $100 million to $1 billion annually) and large-sized (revenue greater than $1 billion annually) companies.

This was first published in December 2008

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