With all the gloom surrounding technology today and its impact on the markets, it was refreshing to review the findings of a recent survey conducted by the AFCOM's Data Center Institute which were consistent with the results of our own readership study conducted in September 2000.
Despite uncertain economic news and gloomy earnings forecasts from major technology organizations, AFCOM's Data Center Survey indicated that the majority of data center budgets have in-creased from 2000 to 2001. Sixty percent (60%) of budgets increased more than the average rate of inflation, and 13% of those budgets increased between 16% and 25%. Most importantly, despite the dot-com collapses of recent months, enterprise data centers ap-pear to have significant plans to adopt additional e-business solutions in their organizations. Almost three-fourths (74%) of enterprise data centers say that their companies currently have e-business strategies. Fully 20% of respondents indicate they would spend between $1 million and $3 million in 2001, while a surprisingly strong 6% expect to spend more than $10 million on e-business solutions. In addition, buyers plan to spend millions of dollars on solutions to manage enterprise storage and performance management. More than half (54%) of enterprise data center buyers will purchase storage solutions in 2001, fueled by the demands of e-business applications and other storage-intensive initiatives. Wireless adoption rates are moving up among enterprise data centers, and 25% have already adopted wireless into their enterprises. By the start of 2002, more than 40% of enterprise buyers indicate that wireless will be a component of enterprise data center strategies. It is expected that this will create the need for new software, more storage and bigger budgets.
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