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TIP: 2010 storage spending outlook slightly optimistic

A report released this week by TheInfoPro says 2010 storage spending will probably be an improvement over 2009, but that’s not saying much.

The numbers released this week are the result of interviews with Fortune 1000 storage professionals, according to the TIP report.

Out of 252 respondents to the ongoing Wave 13 study, 27% said they expect a decrease in spending between 2010 and 2009, 31% said their budgets would remain flat, and 42% said budgets would increase.

This is better than the earlier Wave 13 numbers from the beginning of the year in which 36% of 258 respondents expected a decrease between 2008 and 2009, 26% thought it would be flat and 38% expected an increase.

TIP also broke out the size of the increases or decreases expected next year. Nearly 20% of those who expect an increase expect it to be between 1% and 10 %. Interestingly, the next largest category among those who expect an increase, close to 15%, expect an increase of 50% or more. However, of those who expect a decrease, more than 10% — the largest group — expect that decrease to be more than 25%.

Overall, 71% are in the are ranging from a 10% increase to a 10% decrease. That’s better than a sharp decrease, but hardly the “pent up demand” you hear about in some areas of the market (though maybe what’s being referring to is that 15% who expect a 50% increase, in which case I hope those few customers have someone screening calls and guarding the doors for them…). After spending plummeted between 2008 and 2009, flat-lining into 2010 isn’t necessarily good news, it’s just not more bad news.

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