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Research: 2011 State of Storage

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Research: State of Server Technology

Research: 2011 State of Storage

Research: State of Server Technology

Years of tight budgets have forced IT to scrimp on hardware purchases, but despite continued weakness in the world economy, the server market is revving up. Our latest annual InformationWeek State of Servers Survey shows those planning to increase the number of servers in their organizations jumped seven points since 2010, to 32% of the 676 business technology professionals responding. Of those, 23% will also add more-capable devices. This jibes with IDC estimates released in August that show server sales surged almost 18% in the second quarter, with unit shipments up 8.5% vs. the same quarter in 2010. Our data shows this demand is largely fueled by increased use of virtualization, as VMs inexorably displace standalone OS instances as the platform of choice for almost all applications. Widespread virtualization, and concomitant application consolidation, has placed added processing load and memory footprint demands on an aging server fleet.

As cracks develop, money follows.

Virtualization is clearly affecting both server market dynamics and product feature sets. In this report, we’ll examine the state of both the server market and technology, looking at buying plans, feature priorities, and vendor usage as reported by our respondents, all of whom are involved in determining the need for, recommending, specifying or authorizing/approving the purchase of servers for their organizations. Then we’ll dissect each major subsystem to outline industry trends, touch on new technologies and wrap up with some server buying strategies. (R3301011)

Survey Name: InformationWeek 2011 State of Server Technology Survey
Survey Date: August 2011
Region: North America
Number of Respondents: 676 respondents involved in determining the need for, recommending, specifying or authorizing/approving the purchase of servers for their organizations.

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