It's only February, but it's apparent that the repercussions of a stressed economy are filtering down to IT operations. But while storage isn't immune to shrinking budgets, Storage readers indicate that their storage environments may dodge a few economic bullets in 2009; as one respondent noted: "[You] can't stop storing data just because the economy is weak." Approximately one-third of those surveyed say their 2009 storage budgets will be lower, while 56% expect increased or stable budgets vs. 2008. Whether budgets are up or down, most storage managers are tightening their belts, ready to forego some features or performance in favor of lower price tags. Thirty-eight percent say they'll put some projects on hold, 27% say they'll consider products that help to use already installed gear more efficiently, and the same number plan to delay some technology upgrades.
"Lower revenues will force us to buy the most efficient solution available regardless of name-brand recognition."
-- Survey respondent
BIO: Rich Castagna (email@example.com) is Editorial Director of the Storage Media Group.
This was first published in February 2009