Investment in storage remains a top priority for CIOs, according to a Hitachi Data Systems survey. Eighty-eight per cent of CIOs surveyed at a Hitachi summit in the Philippines earlier this year indicated storage to be vital, even in the current economic climate.
The survey results also found 86 per cent of CIOs wanted to improve operational effectiveness and 74 per cent wanted to reduce the cost of infrastructure. Improving competitive position and value-added service from vendors trailed at 64 per cent and 52 per cent.
On the topic of storage spend, 57 per cent of CIOs stated they would not reduce their storage investments.
Managing costs (69 per cent) and allocation of storage resources (52 per cent) were also important.
Building a convincing business argument to justify storage investments (52 per cent) and doing more with current assets (50 per cent) were the two most sought after needs from technology vendors.
Hitachi Data Systems ANZ senior marketing manager Tim Smith says in uncertain economic times, IT budgets will continue to be scrutinised, even as data continues to grow rapidly and expectations of IT service levels continue to increase.
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