Storage managers in control


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Disk vendor preferences hold steady
Array purchases planned for this year break down in much the same way as they have over the last year and a half or so. Midrange arrays will garner approximately 43% of disk system budgets, followed by low-end systems (32%) and high-end arrays (22%). Over time, there's been a subtle shift--two or three points a year--that indicates low-end and midrange arrays are encroaching on high-end systems.

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Vendors vie for mindshare

EMC Corp. held onto its top spot as the vendor considered the primary supplier of disk systems by the companies surveyed, garnering a nod from 25% of respondents. Despite losing a few points since last fall, EMC still maintains a double-digit lead over the second most-preferred system vendor, Hewlett-Packard Co. (see "Vendors vie for mindshare," above).

Some respondent companies are reluctant to designate a "prime" disk vendor. "We don't like to get nailed into one vendor," says Tracy Kirsteins, SAN administrator at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia. "With one vendor, we have no choices; but I don't think we'll go with more than two."

$3.3 million
Average storage budget

This was first published in May 2007

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