Highlights of the Survey

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-09 Print this article Print

Highlights of the Survey

  • Eighty-nine percent of respondents said they will either maintain or increase their storage purchasing in 2009.
  • Despite the economic weakness, storage-capacity demand, storage spending and storage-related headcount all appear to be resilient.
  • Enterprise apps and data warehousing have replaced document imaging as top market drivers.
  • Web 2.0 applications are still having modest impact on increased storage demand, except to the extent that they encourage use of digital video.
  • Storage consolidation will continue without pause; almost everyone who has started consolidation will do further consolidation.
  • Although the long-term objective of storage virtualization is more efficient capacity utilization, the short-term effect is apparently to increase the "demand for capacity."
  • If implementation of an emerging storage technology has already begun, it is likely to get continued spending in 2009.

About two-thirds of the IT decision makers surveyed said they are responsible for their company's evaluation and purchasing of storage disk, tape and optical drives, and of server/backup/storage software.

A bit more than half of the respondents said they also have responsibility for their company's NAS (network-attached storage) and SAN (storage-area network) deployments. About 30 percent of the respondents claimed jurisdiction over their companies' virtualization deployments.

Enterprise Apps, Warehousing Driving Storage Needs

About one-third of the respondents reported that enterprise applications and data warehousing/mining are driving most of their storage hardware and software purchasing.

About 83 percent of respondents said they will continue or increase their storage consolidation projects in 2009, which indicates that storage virtualization software providers can expect to see a good number of new and returning customers in the next 12 months.

That 90 percent of respondents expect to increase their data intake in 2009 is no surprise, but the fact that almost 60 percent expect to increase their data stores by more than 25 percent is a telling statistic.

Seventy-three percent of companies expecting to spend for storage virtualization in 2008/2009 expect that virtualization to increase their demand for storage capacity in 2009.

The survey and analysis for the ZDE report was performed last month by Preference Research, of South Orange, N.J. The survey comprised a random sample of the Ziff Davis Enterprise audience. Respondents were screened for involvement in evaluating or purchasing a list of server-based storage technologies.

Survey estimates are accurate to within ??6.5 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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