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Storage Clips: Gartner predicts storage spending slowdown

Gartner says U.S. businesses will increase IT spending 5.5% next year, but spending on storage and security will level off; NetApp OEMs Kazeon.

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Gartner predicts storage spending slowdown
U.S. organizations plan to increase IT spending by 5.5% in 2006, but the focus is shifting away from storage and security, and toward application development and integration, according to preliminary results from a Gartner Inc. survey. Mobile devices will become a major purchasing priority and an increasing emphasis will also be placed on development tools and middleware, the firm said.

The largest budget increases are planned in the small and midsized businesses. Organizations with 20 to 99 employees plan to increase their IT budgets by 7% in 2006. Larger organizations, firms with 500 to 999 employees, plan IT budget increases of 2.4%, Gartner estimates.

NetApp OEMs Kazeon
As reported by last week, Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) will OEM Kazeon System Inc.'s data classification software. Under the terms of the agreement, Kazeon and NetApp will integrate the data classification and search capabilities of Kazeon's Information Server with NetApp's storage systems. Additionally, NetApp will resell Kazeon's Information Server as part of a jointly marketed product.

The Kazeon Information Server IS1200, which was officially introduced today provides an integrated, content-aware solution for enterprise information visibility and control, the company said. For the full story on the OEM deal click here.

BakBone centralizes management
BakBone Software Inc. announced a console called Integrated Data Protection to centrally manage its NetVault backup and recovery software, replication, archiving and continuous data protection products as these become available. In addition, a policy management engine provides policy enforcement to address both regulatory and corporate compliance, the company said.

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