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451 Research and its management remain committed to our strategy of sustained, profitable and long-term global growth and serving the needs of our valued clients today and in the future.

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Featured Data: Q2 shows strongest IT spending outlook among US businesses since 2011

2017 04 19 COTW

The latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) corporate survey shows major improvements in US business IT spending for the second quarter of 2017. Spending is up a net nine points since the previous survey in November 2016, building on the four-point improvement we saw in that period. The latest findings represent the best IT spending growth rate in six years.

More than one-in-five (21%) survey respondents report that their company's IT spending will increase for the second quarter of 2017 – up five points from our previous survey. Meanwhile, just 14% of respondents say their IT spending will decrease (or there will be none at all) in Q2, which represents a four-point improvement – and the best level since 2007.

Of the 10 IT spending categories tracked in the survey, Software: Enterprise Applications (change in net score is +5) and Application Development Software/Tools (+5) are showing the biggest spending increases.

This survey encompassed 1,428 respondents from 451 Research's VoCUL leading indicator panel who are involved with IT spending in their organization. The February 2017 survey focused on overall IT spending, as well as corporate demand for smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Webinar April 27th: Inside Server Evolution and Spending

As workload migration to public cloud continues, IT organizations face a wealth of challenges as they determine the most effective compute ecosystem for their needs. Server technologies are evolving quickly—from converged to hyperconverged to composable—and finding the right fit for on-premises workloads is now a critical component of infrastructure strategies. This webinar will explore the drivers behind enterprise server purchases and how they are planning for the future.

During the webinar, learn:

  • Drivers of today’s purchases of servers and converged infrastructure
  • Key customer pain points and objectives for servers and converged infrastructure
  • How cloud migration is impacting spending on servers and converged infrastructure
  • Where hyperconverged fits into new infrastructure deployments
  • How vendors are positioning themselves to win in this evolving compute market

You'll be able to submit your questions directly to Christian during our interactive Q&A session.

About Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure
Published quarterly, Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure provides in-depth customer data derived from over 1,000 Web-based surveys and 25 hour-long, in-depth interviews with senior IT professionals combined with insightful analyst reports. The latest survey focuses on overall compute objectives for 2017, as well as server and converged infrastructure budgets and spending. To learn more or request information, click here.
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Featured Data: Average monthly cellular data usage to exceed 6.5GB by 2021

2017 04 12 COTW

Globally, the number of cellular connected devices will rise by a compound annual growth rate of 6% over the next five years, from 5.6 billion connections in 2016 to more than 7.5 billion by year-end 2021. Monthly data traffic from these devices, meanwhile, will rise eight times faster, from seven million terabytes per month to 48.9TB per month, at a CAGR of 47% over the forecast period.

Monthly cellular usage across connected devices – including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, PCs, connected CE devices and M2M – will grow from an average of 2.1GB per month, per device in 2016 to more than 6.5GB by year-end 2021. Smartphones will continue to carry the vast majority of cellular data traffic among connected devices, growing from 72% to 82% of all cellular traffic over the forecast period. Meanwhile, connected PCs and other consumer electronic devices will see the highest per-month usage rates, rising from 5.8GB in 2016 to more than 17GB per month, per device on average by 2021.

Updated quarterly, the Market Monitor and Forecast: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast provides an historical and projected market size for six different categories of cellular connected devices with associated total connections, and total and per device cellular traffic across seven geographic regions.

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Featured Data: Top three storage pain points for enterprise customers

2017 04 05 COTW

Voice of the Enterprise: Storage survey respondents indicate that handling data growth, meeting disaster-recovery requirements and high costs are the top three storage pain points. But other pain points, most notably growth from new applications, are up markedly YoY. Nearly one in five respondents cite managing data stored in third-party cloud environments as a top pain point.

The core challenges in storage are shifting; public cloud is beginning to assume the burden of inexorable data growth, and the emphasis is moving to other areas, such as effectively managing data and storage across both on- and off-premises locations. Organizations are increasingly moving to hybrid cloud environments, bringing new providers into the mix (chiefly public cloud providers). The core role of IT infrastructure managers is shifting away from adding capacity toward more effectively managing it. Some storage managers are now charged with handling an organization's cloud storage capabilities – which is often a steep learning curve, and one that incumbent vendors can help alleviate by adding more comprehensive cloud-based integration to their offerings.

The VotE: Storage, Budgets and Outlook study represents more than 1,000 completed surveys from pre-qualified IT decision-makers about adoption levels of various cloud storage technologies, and the impact of public cloud and SaaS strategies on enterprise storage.

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