63% of Western European Organizations Expect Storage
Budgets to Grow in 2013
Compared to 59%
in North America
Almost two-thirds of Western European organizations
expect their storage budgets to increase in the coming year.
This finding is based
on recent surveys of storage growth trends by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG),
an IT research, analysis, and strategy firm.
According to the research report, even
organizations that will decrease their storage budgets plan to keep the
decreases relatively small.
ESG surveyed 307 IT and storage professionals in the UK,
France, and Germany, who are responsible for evaluating, purchasing, or managing
storage at midmarket (i.e., 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e., 1,000 or
more employees) organizations . The survey questions were the same questions
posed in a separate ESG survey of IT and storage professionals in North America
(United States and Canada). The results of the two research projects provide
information about the similarities and differences in storage technology
purchasing, deployment, and management in Western Europe compared to North
In 2013, more than half (63%) of organizations in Western
Europe expect their storage budgets to grow
compared to the prior year. For comparison, 59% of North American organizations
will increase their storage budgets. At the same time, storage budgets will stay
the same at 29% of Western European organizations and 34% of North American
The research also reported findings on storage purchasing,
deployment, and management.
In many cases, the survey findings in
Western Europe and North America were quite similar, for example,
storage growth trends were about the same in the