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HP warns datacentre budgets will take time to return

Microscope contributor

Those expecting a return to pre-recessionary ordering patterns from data centre customers might have to wait slightly longer than they were expecting.

A warning was sounded by Iain Stephen, vice president of enterprise server and StorageWorks (ESS) UK and Ireland at Hewlett-Packard, as the vendor 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 added “It is looking as if it is going to be as tough [as this year in terms of getting budget].”

As a result he said users would continue to look for cost savings by reducing running and maintenance costs.

But Stephen warned that delaying investment was not a decision customers could necessarily keep making as the existing infrastructure was aging and unable to cope with the increased demands.

“Most infrastructures were designed a long time ago, from two to ten years,” he said.


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