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About 40% have already or will install iSCSI storage this year, no real change from the last two surveys. Whatever territory iSCSI storage is winning, it's picking up an inch or two at a time, with only modest increases in those saying they have plans for iSCSI compared to last spring. Midsized companies seem to show the most interest, with 44% saying they're going with iSCSI vs. 38% a year ago.

ACT Pipe and Supply's Tullier hopes to add two iSCSI arrays. "We have a DR site right now that's really a cold site, and I'd like to make it more of a warm or even hot site by putting in two iSCSI arrays and having them do continuous replication," he said.

There doesn't seem to be a knock against iSCSI for its performance or reliability: only 18% say performance deterred them (the same as last fall), while 11% state it was reliability (vs. 14% in the fall). In fact, 44% of respondents who have deployed iSCSI say they have mission-critical applications running on their systems -- a jump of 13 percentage points vs. spring 2007, with much of that increase coming from large companies (see

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Top 5

Who will be your primary vendor for disk subsystems in 2009?
EMC 24%
HP 16%
Dell 14%
IBM 13%
NetApp 7%

Who will be your primary vendor for tape backup hardware in 2009?
IBM 21%
HP 16%
Sun StorageTek 14%
Dell 14%
Quantum 12%

Who is your main vendor for disk-based backup?
EMC 13%
HP 12%
Dell 9%
IBM 9%
NetApp 7%

Who will be your primary vendor for backup software in 2009?
Symantec 38%
IBM Tivoli 17%
EMC 10%
CommVault 7%
HP 5%

Who have you purchased (or intend to purchase) storage management software from in 2009?
EMC 30%
Symantec 22%
IBM Tivoli 17%
HP 16%
NetApp 10%

This was first published in May 2009

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