As the economic recovery continues to underwhelm, enterprise IT budgets are surprisingly on the upswing? That’s right — according to a recent study, enterprises are actually increasing their IT spending despite the stagnant economy as they see the positive impact a productive IT system can make on a company’s bottom line.

Forecast 2012, a survey orchestrated in June by ComputerWorld, states that 36% of respondents indicated that their enterprise would experience an increase in IT budget for the 2012 year. Enterprises see IT improvements as a method of reducing overall costs, but also as a way to invest in additional hardware that will give the company a competitive advantage.

According to ComputerWorld, enterprises are slowly investing in additional data storage systems, data hardware, and new strategies that they feel will improve the company’s competitive posisiton. However, they are investing with caution, as many CIOs feel the pressure to cut costs as well as prepare for the future.

Reduce Costs, Increase Your Competitive Edge

Maintenance costs are one area where cost reduction can give your company a competitive edge and allow you to strategically invest in your IT storage infrastructure. Many IT directors have found that they can cut their storage maintenance costs by up to 40% with third party maintenance solutions, giving them an opportunity for future storage expansion. Third party manufacturers can provide maintenance service to multiple hardware brands with expert, qualified engineers making troubleshooting interdependent problems easier.

On top of that, third party maintenance providers can reduce downtime by helping you fix problems faster with phone assistance and on-site spares kits. Instead of 4 hours, you can get your system up and running with the help of a expert-level engineer in less than 15 minutes.

Used hardware is another opportunity for enterprises to cut costs. Deploying used hardware instead of new hardware can help enterprises purchase 50-100% more storage capacity with the same budget. Savings created by purchasing used hardware can be repurposed for buying additional capacity, buying data management software, or upgrading cirtical parts of the SAN fabric and infrastructure.  Additionaly, the funds can be used to create a more effective disaster recovery site and protecting more data from outages and downtime.

Used storage arrays and used storage capacity upgrades for EMC CLARiiON, IBM, and NetApp systems are all readily available from reliable vendors, which can help you find warranty-backed equipment that is guaranteed to be compatible with your existing storage infrastructure.

Interested in gaining a competitive edge for your business? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to begin discovering used storage and maintenance solutions that meet your business needs without breaking the bank. Take comfort in our qualified experts who are trained to ensure you get the right solution the first time around.