The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink


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Ripple effects of capacity growth
Despite the continuing decrease in the price of disk subsystems, expenditures for those systems are still the biggest chunk of storage budgets--41% in this most recent survey and consistent with the past four years. Disk might be cheaper these days, but companies need more and more of it.

Having to commit such a large portion of their available funds to disk means other initiatives will have to be shelved or delayed. Storage managers are seriously considering newer technologies, such as data deduplication and change management applications that lessen the need for buying more disk.

"I also want to start looking into deduping, at least on the file-share side of the house," says Kocur. "I don't like the fact that we're growing data so rapidly. I think there's a lot of wasted space out there."

Besides becoming a potential gateway to newer technologies, the capacity boom is a key reason why some companies will be opening the doors of new or refurbished data centers. Forty percent of our respondents will either build or renovate data centers this year and, of those, 70% say the need for more capacity is the main motivation behind those efforts.

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This was first published in June 2008

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