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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

2009: Do more with less

Storage managers will have to cope with tighter budgets next year despite rising disk capacities. two things appear certain as we look forward to 2009: storage managers will have more data to deal with and less money to do it. According to Storage magazine's 2009 Storage Priorities survey, budgets earmarked for storage technologies will increase on average by only 3.8% vs. an average 6.2% increase reported last year (see "About our survey," below). Tighter purse strings will affect most, if not all, companies, but mid-sized businesses may get hit a little harder than their smaller and larger cousins. Last year, mid-sized companies expected to increase their storage budgets by nearly 7%, but this year's estimate is a much more modest 2.5% (see "Expected change in storage budgets," below). About our survey About our survey: The 2009 Storage Priorities survey was conducted in September and October of 2008; a similar survey was conducted at the same time last year. Some Storage magazine subscribers were invited by email to ...

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Features in this issue

  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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