Security, disaster recovery and consolidation are top of IT directors’ infrastructure 'to do' list for the next 12 months, according to market analyst Forrester Research.
Some 56% of the 302 IT chiefs in the survey say they are upgrading their security and disaster recovery, which is helping drive hardware spend.
PCs and servers are dominating IT hardware spending, as firms take advantage of falling prices to invest in higher-performance machines.
At the same time, large firms aim to reduce the number and variety of servers and operating systems to cut complexity. Nearly a quarter of firms are using virtualisation to do this, but a similar number are unaware of virtualisation’s benefits. An even higher number – 38% - know nothing of grid technology.
“The higher adoption rate of server virtualisation shows it has more applicability to the needs of enterprises than gird computing, but vendors still have their marketing work cut out for them to raise the rates of awareness and interest,” says Forrester analyst Frank Gillett.