IT spending 2009: A glass half . . .

August 25, 2009 -- According to recently released mid-year research from Computer Economics, 45% of IT organizations are expected to increase IT spending in 2009 vs. 2008. (<50% is typical in a recession.) And 30% are cutting IT spending. The remaining organizations expect IT spending to be about the same as last year.

Silver lining: The 45% increasing IT spending is well above the 36% in 2002 after the 2001 recession. That’s because the 2001 bust was led by the technology sector.

In terms of spending vs. budget: 49% of IT execs expect to spend less than what is allocated in their budget; 9% expect to spend more, and the remaining 42% expect to be inline with budget.

On a completely unrelated note . . .

VMworld kicks off next week at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, and there will be no signs of a slump in IT spending at this show. Although the focus is obviously on virtual servers, there will be a lot of emphasis on storage issues in the sessions, and the list of storage vendors exhibiting at the show is huge – maybe more than will be exhibiting at Storage Networking World in October.

We expect a lot of storage-related product and business announcements at VMworld, and we’ll start covering them on Monday. Check the Industry News and Analysis section on infostor.com for daily postings.

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Dave Simpson has been the Editor-in-Chief of InfoStor since its inception in 1997. He previously held editorial positions at publications such as Datamation, Systems Integration, and Digital News and Review. He can be contacted at dsimpson@quinstreet.com

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