Buying update: Storage managers' purchasing plans

The fall 2007 edition of Storage magazine's exclusive Purchasing Intentions survey reveals some subtle changes in storage managers' buying plans as new technologies gain greater consideration.

A quick scan of the results of Storage magazine's fall 2007 Purchasing Intentions survey might suggest a new chapter in our ongoing barometer of buying plans called "All quiet on the storage front." But with just a little digging, it's plain to see that life isn't quite that tranquil among storage buyers.

We conduct our survey twice a year (see "

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Storage managers in control," Storage, May 2007), so the fall edition often reveals the reassessments storage managers will make to bring what might have been lofty springtime goals back down to earth. To be sure, these survey results reveal some of those readjustments but, more significantly, they show that many storage shops are following through with the plans they set out earlier in the year. Juggling plans and setting new priorities may mean spending more than planned, which may be the case this year. The average storage budget reported was $3.4 million--approximately a 5% increase compared to last spring's average.

This was first published in October 2007

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