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"I think you'll see more 10 GB, more PoE [Power over Ethernet] for various applications. There's more strain on the network and the enterprise infrastructure will get refreshed with newer switches," she said.
The server virtualization software has been a big focus for VARs for a couple of years now and 2010 will not be different, according to survey respondents.
"The benefits of virtualization are easy to [market]. Down here [in South Florida], there's always the issue of disaster recovery and co-location, and virtualization fits well into that," Levi said.
Virtualization is driving a lot of business because end users can see near-immediate value returns, Freshwater said.
"The old mentality was to buy a server for a specialized application, a specialized configuration," he said. "With virtualization, you buy a server and you can have an Active Directory Server, an Exchange server, a print server, a file server, a dedicated internal apps server all on one or two master boxes."
Server virtualization business is being driven by end users' desire to consolidate their data centers, said Adnet's Laprade.
"It seems like even small clients have a fair number of servers and it's a constant battle to keep those servers up to date," he said. "Consolidation makes life easier to manage and it's greener, if you will. People are trying to consolidate, bottom line, and simplify things."
Laprade said storage software is somewhat of an umbrella category that is included in bigger solutions that have high business expectations for 2010.
"It goes along with backup and disaster recovery and everything that goes along with that. Storage is a big issue out there because even the small guy is chewing up big chunks of storage these days. It's a growing area," Laprade said.
"More clients are looking for cloud-based storage solutions, which is driving more applications sales."
One category that doesn't project for high expectations is network storage hardware, which finished 17th of 18 categories, but it's a high-growth area for Altek, Levi said.
"That's a push right after virtualization. If you virtualize, you've got to put in a SAN. That usually requires a change," she said.