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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).
This was first published in December 2008