IT managers are fed up with buying storage they do not need, with many wasting thousands of pounds every year on unnecessary storage.
Independent research covering 100 firms commissioned by hosting firm Hostway found that 44% of IT managers are unhappy they have to buy more storage than they need.
They admitted that despite sensibly investing in extra capacity for the future growth of stored data, they are often forced into purchasing storage that is superfluous.
According to the research, an average UK company has 38% of its total storage unused and is therefore not gaining benefit from 38% of capital expenditure on disc storage.
The research showed that 94% of IT managers invest in more storage than they need, and with data storage requirements growing exponentially, this could be seen as a prudent investment.
However, many IT managers feel they should not have to pay for something that they do not immediately need.
They say they are forced to buy more storage than they need because storage hardware is often not available in smaller, cost effective increments.
Hostway offers on-demand storage offerings for wide area networks.