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This month's Snapshot borrows from our annual priorities survey to provide a peek at what data storage managers have on their to-do lists for 2011. The most encouraging news is that nearly 42% of respondents say their budgets are up this year, while less than 16% still have to deal with shrinking budgets. But no matter what size your budget is, odds are a good part of it will go to new disk capacity, and in some cases, a lot of it. More than a third of those surveyed will add more than 50 TB of fresh disk in 2011, while another 27% anticipate adding 11 TB to 50 TB. But disk systems aren't getting all the attention, with two-thirds of our survey takers saying they'll upgrade their storage networks this year; 41% will add switches or switch ports, while 12% expect to install new SANs in their home offices or at remote sites. But the top priority -- as it has been for the past four years -- is dealing with backup. More than half expect to buy some backup and restore software in 2011, with more than a quarter of them citing server virtualization as the main reason for their planned purchases.
"The cost of actual capacity is now so low it's almost free. However, the costs of dealing with the files that are stored are huge and rising."
-- Survey respondent
BIO: Rich Castagna (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.
This was first published in February 2011