Buying update: Storage managers' purchasing plans

Another indicator of the capacity dilemma is the physical crunch storage managers are facing. Nearly 40% of respondents say they were involved in building or renovating a data center and of those, almost two-thirds cite the need for data center capacity as the principle reason for their expansions. If you're adding nearly 40TB of disk each year, it isn't surprising that floor space could become a precious commodity.

Further evidence of the capacity quandary is borne out by respondents' wish list for storage management software. Repeating and building on the results of previous surveys, the primary factor driving respondents' management software purchases is to "manage more storage with the same staff," with more than 50% of those surveyed citing it as their key factor. The second most urgent need (far back at 17%) is to "simplify the management of different storage environments."

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This was first published in October 2007

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