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Poll: Are you buying new hardware in 2010?

Hardware upgrades will spur IT spending growth in 2010, says to Forrester. Will your company be buying PCs, servers, or storage equipment this year?

On Friday, Forrester updated its 2010 outlook for global and U.S. IT spending. Forester predicts U.S. IT spending of 8.4 percent, up from the company's previous estimate of 8.1 percent. Spending globally will be down slightly to 7.7 percent.

According to Forrester's report (excerpt):

Computer equipment and software will be the strongest product categories, with PCs, peripherals, and storage equipment leading the computer category and operating system software and applications setting the pace for software.

Will your company be buying PCs, servers, or storage equipment this year? If so, what will you be buying?

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11 comments
Brenton Keegan
Brenton Keegan

My organization is replacing both server and network equipment in 2010. If I was in charge of making these decisions I would hold off until 2011. Here's why: Windows 7 Release: Windows 7 was released. This OS brought some significant changes as it has been a long time since XP was released. (I see Vista as really some sort of Windows 7 pre-beta). Windows 7 marks the beginning of a new OS release cycle for Microsoft and being the giants as they, it will change the industry. 64 Bit (and beyond): Related to Windows 7 release. 64 bit is finally getting pushed (about time!). 64 is being pushed far more aggressively and it is forcing software developers to finally do away with 32 bit. Also, Microsoft's new OS release cycle will also likely push wider processor types(as in wider bit wise, ie 128 bit) Architecture: Intel brings a new architecture to the market with their i line. This really changes a lot of how the core of processing is handled. I like what Intel is doing with this, but I would like to see it mature a bit before I start dropping dollars. VDI: I like this but I think it needs a year before I would attempt to implement this. There's a few annoying issues surrounding Microsoft's licensing. It's also a radical change from a distributed to a central model. Solid State Drives: I anticipate that we will see a drop in price of SSD. Right now they are pretty cost prohibitive.

jfuller05
jfuller05

We upgraded in 2009, so we don't have anything planned at the moment. However, I may have to upgrade some PCs to Windows 7 later in the year.

AV .
AV .

Our existing servers are now almost 7 years old and several have Windows 2000. We have to. In the past 2 years we've been just getting by with them because the budget for a large project like this was pretty much non-existent. It's a 2 year project that we're just beginning so it could be Hyper-V, VMware or Citrix solutions. In the end, we'll have 2 VMs to start and can eliminate 10 of oldest servers. I'm looking forward to it. Next year we plan to move to Windows 7, SQL 8 and Windows 2008 R2. We're also going to consider VDI later in the project. We bought laptops and computers over the past couple of years, as many as we were allowed, and they can run Windows 7. AV etu

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

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davidt
davidt

In the event of a critical failure with a server or firewall, yes. Otherwise, no - even desktop failures will get one of our dusty spares.

jck
jck

We have equipment on a 4-year cycle with its warranty. Good used equipment is kept in the circulation for people who don't need top-of-the-line or critical operations equipment. Plus they make good spare parts too. We are consolidating servers onto VMs tho. Hopefully large-scale hardware failures don't come back to bite us in the arse tho.

Pickle_316
Pickle_316

We just replaced all the laptops of our small site (15 users) last fall and 1st quarter this year, along with many replacements overseas. We are expanding our Vmware farm by 4 servers and virtualizing about 22 physical servers. And finally our Xiotech SAN is coming to end of life and will be replaced at the end of this year, by most likely an EMC or IBM SAN. So after scraping by in 2009, this year is a rebuilding year.

Thumper1
Thumper1

Our Optliplex workstations are nearing their end of life. If we were replacing them with another batch of Dell systems, this would be the third upgrade cycle I have done since I started here. This time, we are not purchasing Dell's due to the high cost. (Assembled systems for us represent a 40% savings over the dell systems)

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

but I do need a faster production system, so there's the slight possibility that I might bite the bait but not the hook and still get away with what I want I have an unused XP-64 (x86) CD on the shelf so all I need to do is order a monster system for it I've already done the testing with my current programs on another XP-64 setup and there's no problems so all I need is to have the machine built I'm thinking, dual socket, Dual Quad / Hex or Octo- core Xeons with as much RAM as I can afford to stuff into the system, and then add more later when it's cheaper

jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527
jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527

We're keeping current equipment going until 1st quarter 2011. Currently I'm managing a VDI project for our internal and external staff, reviewing VMware, Citrix, and Sun products to see which (one or hybrid) product meets our needs. So far we have seen decent response from the VMware side of the pilot; the Citrix side is supposed to begin later this month. The outcome will definitely be a deciding factor as we look at refreshing our entire hardware environment (c. 2000 machines) with standard machines, thin or zero client devices, or a mixture of both.

kynov
kynov

Just got a new HP DL380 G6 in for our server virtualization and we should have another sometime this year. Will probably order about 2 dozen new desktops for our end users (about 300 person user base).

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