2006 IT Spending Trends: Implications for the Data Center

October, 2006


Every year since 1990, Computer Economics has surveyed companies in the U.S. and Canada concerning their plans for IT spending, staffing, and technology adoption. This year’s survey contains important insights for the data center executive. This article highlights the most important of these trends, including the dominance of Microsoft Windows in the data center; the resulting push toward server consolidation; and the growing interest in SANs, ITIL, and IT asset management systems. We also document the reluctance of many organizations to add data center staff in favor of outsourcing of data center operations. (7 pp., 7 figs.)