August 6, 2012 – Storage spending will slow through the rest of year as more data managers shift their plans to virtualized environments and await real-world use cases for advanced analytics, according to a new industry assessment.

451 Research’s TheInfoPro industry-specific division tabulated responses from data storage professionals at mid-to-large enterprises and vendors in North America and Europe from the first half of 2012. Data storage budget growth is down 6 percent in 2012 compared with the same time period in 2011, according to the report. About one-third of mid-sized enterprises (36 percent) plan to increase their storage budgets through the rest of this year, down from 47 percent reported in 2011.

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