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But even with fewer bucks in the bank, dollars are earmarked in much the same way as in the past six years, with the biggest chunk (42%) going toward disk hardware (see "Where storage budget dollars go," below). While disk and disk system prices have decreased significantly over the same period, the portion allocated for those items has hovered steadily around the 40% mark. It's simple math: Prices might be lower, but capacity requirements are up, so disk expenditures still gobble up the largest slice of the budget pie.
Disk and more disk
Christine Winsor, systems
| administrator at Olympic Associates Company, a Seattle engineering and design firm, says the firm recently acquired two EqualLogic arrays to complement two NAS systems already in place. "We have added over 10TB of usable space with the addition of these storage arrays," says Winsor, noting that Olympic Associates had to increase its 2008 budget to accommodate purchases. "This is the largest purchase I think we've ever made," she adds.
Winsor started looking at EqualLogic's products before it was acquired by Dell Inc. "The timing was fortuitous," says Winsor of the acquisition. "We're pretty much an all-Dell shop. They gave me a deal I couldn't refuse."
This was first published in October 2008