The things that have to be replaced like PCs and notebooks are being replaced. Other capital expenditure is extremely tight.
There is a confluence of growth in richer media, KM initiatives, content management, Sharepoint etc driving this area. Coupled with a cost-conscious consumer-base along with the Win7 enabled ability to use not only lighter capability systems such as netbooks and the ability to leverage legacy hardware will drive down the demand for new PCs and notebooks.
Storage isn\'t all that important for us. It would be driven by applications, not a thing in itself.
I think this is an adequate assumption, but I don\'t think management necessarily sees the sense in it.
Data storage needs continue to grow our infrastructure needs.
by degrees, not on the whole.
If you need ports, you need ports, however our controllers ask whether we have wirtualized and otherwise optimised enough and whether we have reclaimed any SAN by that before approving any purchase.
With the exception of critical needs, funding will continue to be restricted.
The recession has called into question our data storage/retention policies more than the question of SAN switches; if we don\'t store as much we cut the costs of infrastructure.
We are looking into ways to upgrade or replace our storage this year
If the organizations have less to spend, why would the upgrade core component since they are not adding addition storage or can live with the current performance.
Storage is big hidden component that not many users see directly. You can always explain PC.laptop or support cost but telling a user his storage limits and usage is not always welcome. So this area needs to be managed quite well in the end , and should be acknowledged as a high cost, high intensity area even if we IT managers want to look away from this. So this is one area that needs a revisit and cost cutting effort during recession along with the user community,
While data does continue to grow, that doesn\'t mean I\'m not challenged to reduce spending. If anything, I\'m forced to deploy lower cost solutions or reduce my SLA\'s
Because of recession the IT spending is considerably less and storage also will get hit