Storage VARs are set to cash in on the insatiable demand for space generated by the Internet and e-commerce as expenditure looks set to top $40bn (£27bn) by 2003, according to a new report by market analyst IDC.
In 1999, storage expenditure was just over $21bn, but as IT becomes more distributed and dispersed around the world, IT managers have become "less in touch" with an organisation's storage needs, said Doug Chandler, programme manager at IDC's System Support Services research.
"Their unfamiliarity, combined with the increasing strategic importance of storage, is propelling demand for outside providers of storage services," he said.
According to IDC, Internet-based applications such as e-commerce and customer relationship management are boosting storage's importance in enterprises.
Network attached storage specialist Primary Storage has launched a high-speed device for the mid-range data market, last week. The vendor's NetForce 1500 is pitched as a unit to complement e-business applications such as email, Web hosting and data warehousing.
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