Storage Sales: Down But Not Out
Solution providers are still pretty bullish on their storage business as customers engage them for help in services and other ways to better store, manage and protect their growing data repositories.
However, storage sales at the vendor level slowed quickly in 2008 as customers tightened budgets and tried to get their arms around the management issues resulting from past hardware purchases.
IDC said in December of 2008 that third quarter disk-based storage sales grew a measly 1.1 percent compared to the same quarter in 2007. That compared to a 4.3 percent year-over-year growth when it reported sales in December 2007.