Brighter outlook for storage budgets


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Disaster recovery on an even keel

Anticipated spending for disaster recovery is about the same as in previous surveys going back through 2009, so it's holding its own but still falling short of its pre-recession peak.

Remote replication is still the key storage spend for DR. It edged out off-site tape storage a couple of years ago and has been extending its lead ever since. This year, it's favored 48% to 28%. Broken down further, it's clear that companies are relying less on tape for data recoveries during a disaster. Only 23% will increase spending on off-site tape storage, although 45% expect to keep off-site tape charges at 2009 levels. In contrast, 39% (a little less than last spring) will increase spending for remote replication technologies; a scant 4% will reduce that spending; and only 16% (the lowest number we've seen) don't have remote replication in their 2010 disaster recovery plans.

Reason to be optimistic

It would be easier to be optimistic about storage purchasing if the budget numbers were just a little more upbeat. But they are up -- very modestly so -- for two consecutive surveys, which means the purse strings are loosening. What's more apparent, perhaps, is how data storage managers have focused on technologies that deliver the proverbial bang for the buck and help them manage their storage more efficiently.

BIO: Rich Castagna (

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rcastagna@storagemagazine.com) is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in October 2010

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