IT organizations are spending less on servers, storage, and PCs as a percentage of IT operational budget each year due to declining hardware costs, outsourcing, and better utilization of assets through virtualization and other strategies. In this study, we examine the one-year and five-year trends in spending on servers and storage. We also look at the spending trends for data center software and PC hardware. Finally, we examine operating system trends in the data center, comparing how the mix of various server operating systems is changing over time. We conclude with our recommendations on managing spending on hardware infrastructure. (12 pp., 5 figs.)
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