Pandemic changes enterprise storage buying plans

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

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An Evaluator Group online survey of more than 300 enterprise IT operations professionals, conducted from March 23 to April 3, showed that more than 40% are reevaluating current projects and resetting future priorities. Close to 20% are putting all new projects on hold. Most of the remainder have either made no changes to their IT plans or continued with current projects, putting only future initiatives on hold.

With IT spending, 27% of the survey’s respondents plan reductions across the board, and 22% indicated they would cut purchasing only in select areas. About half the respondents anticipate no impact to IT spending or a shift in IT spending priorities.

Evaluator Group senior analyst John Webster said IT organizations are enhancing security, data protection and disaster recovery capabilities in response to the pandemic. He said many are also becoming more receptive to the public cloud, storage included.

Webster interpreted one sign of increasing cloud interest in the anecdotes he heard three weeks ago from two large, longtime Microsoft Azure customers. They told him they requested services and couldn’t get them when they needed them.

“I don’t know if that’s still the case, but if there’s one major cloud provider that’s rationing resources, you’ve got to assume that those resources are in demand right now,” Webster said.

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