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Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010

Taking control of storage operational costs in 2010

The deep freeze in IT spending is starting to thaw as IT organizations shift from cost-reduction mode to cost containment. Earlier this year, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) published its 2010 IT Spending Intentions Survey, an in-depth study of 515 senior IT professionals regarding their midmarket and enterprise organizations' IT spending plans and priorities for 2010. This year's survey finds cautious optimism reigns among IT shops: Most organizations are moving out of cost-reduction mode, but are likely to characterize themselves as being in cost containment, not growth, mode. That's good news for technology vendors as budgets begin to free up again. On the spending front, survey participants indicate virtualization, security and storage as their top areas for investment. Among those organizations surveyed -- in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and United Kingdom -- 52% will increase general IT spending this year vs. only 43% in 2009. More importantly, spending on data storage equipment looks promising: 54% of those ...

Features in this issue

  • Storage managers can reach for their wallets again

    The outlook for data storage managers in 2010 is a little brighter according to our Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. Find out what technologies respondents are looking at.

  • Hard disk drive technology trends

    Solid state is emerging as a viable enterprise storage alternative, but there's lots of life left in hard disk drives, with higher capacity, greener and more capable drives coming.

  • Alternatives to RAID

    RAID has been around for a long time and done a good job of protecting data. But high-capacity drives and new performance demands have spurred development of RAID alternatives.

  • Storage tiering getting more automated

    In our survey, 50% of respondents use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier.

Columns in this issue

  • Taking control of storage operational costs in 2010

    by  Terri McClure

    The deep freeze in IT spending is starting to thaw and IT organizations are shifting from cost-reduction mode to cost containment.

  • Content chaos

    by  Tony Asaro

    The world of file content and NAS storage is disjointed and fraught with error; we need to unravel the problem of massive file stores before the issue gets too big to handle.

  • The business of storage

    A storage vendor may have a great technology, but the bottom line is how fit it is for survival in the marketplace. So put down that spec sheet and pick up the business section.