Strategic Tech Slideshow: Aging Hardware Drives IT Spending at Small and Mid-sized Companies

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 04-30-2010

Aging Hardware Drives IT Spending at Small and Mid-sized Companies

9% Average planned increase in IT spending from last year.

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70% of SMB IT departments will make do with the same or fewer staff members in 2010.

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80% of SMB IT pros will buy some type of new hardware in 2010.

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Almost 50% of SMB IT budgets are allocated to hardware, mainly to replace legacy assets that have long overstayed their expiration dates.

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Nearly 25% of desktops in an SMB IT network are more than four years old, an increase of 14% from last year.

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14% Increase in the number of servers at least four years old.

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22% Increase in laptops more than four years old.

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44% of SMBs surveyed currently use virtualization.

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21% expect to invest in new virtualization software in 2010.

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25% of participants said they plan to use cloud computing in the next six months.

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Companies with fewer than 20 employees plan to outlay the largest IT budget and staff increases among all SMBs.

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