IT directors will not step up spending on datacentres server anytime soon, despite signs of economic recovery, HP predicted today.
Iain Stephen, vice-president of Enterprise Server and StorageWorks (ESS) UK and Ireland at Hewlett-Packard, sounded the warning as the supplier updated its blade and networking portfolio.
"I haven't met a CIO or IT director that thinks their budget is going up in 2010," he said. "It is looking as if it is going to be as tough as this year in terms of getting budget."
Users would continue to look for cost savings by reducing running and maintenance costs.
But Iain Stephen warned that delaying investment was not a decision customers could necessarily keep making, as the existing infrastructure was ageing and unable to cope with the increased demands.
"Most infrastructures were designed a long time ago, from two to ten years," he said.
A version of this story orginally appeared on MicroScope.