The results of a Hitachi Data Systems survey suggest chief information officers regard storage as a top priority. Eighty-eight percent 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 percent of CIOs wanted to improve operational effectiveness and 74 percent wanted to reduce the cost of infrastructure. Improving competitive position and value-added service from vendors trailed at 64 percent and 52 percent.
On the topic of storage spend, 57 percent of CIOs stated they would not reduce their storage investments. Managing costs (69 percent) and allocation of storage resources (52 percent) were also important. Building a convincing business argument to justify storage investments (52 percent) and doing more with current assets (50 percent) 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 though data continues to grow rapidly and expectations of IT service levels continue to increase.