Report: Hardware Still Makes Up the Biggest Part of IT Spending

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In 2022, enterprises will modernize their IT infrastructure and update client devices to support the workforce in our increasingly hybrid world.

Computer hardware is an integral part of our lives, especially in the modern workplace, and Spiceworks Ziff Davis (SWZD) finds that it still accounts for the largest portion of overall technology spending, at 30% of overall IT budgets.

This report dives into future and historical hardware data from The State of Computing SWZD, sharing never-before-seen data to offer even deeper insights into the laptop, desktop, and server trends seen over the past few years. last years. The survey highlights technology adoption plans that reveal spending shifts and opportunities for vendors as companies modernize technology infrastructure to prepare for a hybrid future.

Driven by the shift to remote working that favors portable computing devices, companies plan to spend significantly more on laptops than desktops – 19% of hardware budgets versus 14%, respectively.

In server rooms around the world, on-premises infrastructure will evolve offering better performance and becoming more closely tied to public clouds. For example, fast solid-state drives continue to gain traction as enterprises seek to reduce storage bottlenecks associated with legacy hard drives. Already, 55% of enterprises use SATA SSDs in on-premises servers. Within two years, most IT departments plan to equip servers with even faster flash storage in the form of SAS SSDs (56%) and even faster NVMe SSDs (53%).

As more workloads run in AWS or Azure to support remote workforces, on-premises infrastructure will evolve to integrate more seamlessly with public clouds, providing organizations more resiliency and the flexibility to run workloads where it makes the most sense. The report indicates that within two years, most companies (54%) will integrate physical servers with a public cloud. More than a third of enterprises (37%) will go one step further by using consumption-based billing-as-a-service, which simplifies the creation of hybrid clouds by aligning technology stacks and enabling the cloud payment. premises infrastructure.

For its survey, SWZD included responses from 1,145 IT buyers at organizations in North America and Europe.

Read the full SWZD report.

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