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That's according to the 635 respondents of Storage's March 2004 Purchasing Intentions Survey (see "About this survey"). The average spending boost will only be 4%, but 63% are increasing their spending in 2004, with half of them increasing by more than 10%.
Planned increases of disk capacity will go up from 13TB a year ago to 20TB, consuming 41% of storage budgets, up 9% from 18 months ago.
Despite all the talk about low staffing levels, budgeting for staff and services remains steady (see "Spending priorities have changed"). Media budgets continue at approximately 12% of overall spending.
Surprisingly, storage managers don't anticipate balancing disk spending with storage management software spending. Only 39% planned to increase spending on storage management software, despite increasing their spending on other storage hardware and software. While only 3% were cutting, a whopping 43% were holding level.
This was first published in May 2004