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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Brighter outlook for storage budgets

Spending is slowly picking up again, but storage managers are cautious and looking for technologies that can help them use their systems more efficiently. The last time we reported the results of our biannual Storage magazine/ Purchasing Intentions survey we suggested that storage managers could finally exhale after a year of nail-biting suspense over whether storage budgets would continue to fall. Last year's results were slightly encouraging, and the latest survey indicates the budget situation has improved once again. We're not saying storage managers are flush with funds, but the days of beating about the sofa cushions for loose change seem to be over. The average storage budget clocked in at a healthy $3.1 million; when compared to 2009, our average respondent storage budget grew by a modest 0.6%. Enterprise-sized companies are seeing the largest boost with an average 2.5% increase, followed by midsized companies with 1.6%. But times are still pretty tough for smaller companies as they reported a -0.6% ...

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Features in this issue

  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • Brighter outlook for storage budgets

    Budget concerns have eased slightly, and many storage managers are eyeing solid-state storage and cloud storage services. How does your shopping list compare to that of your peers?

  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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