Data Consolidation Catching On in Smaller Enterprises

More small enterprise companies are looking to save money by consolidating their data centers, according to a new survey conducted by research firm Computer Economics. Some 79 percent of organizations will less than $350 million in annual revenue are involved in data-center consolidation, up from 56 percent last year.

Frank Scavo, president of research firm, noted that the consolidation trend has grown during the last several years, but most of the growth this year has come from the smaller companies trying to catch up with larger enterprise organizations. The report also found that more than 90 percent of companies showed a break-even or positive ROI with their data consolidation efforts. All in all, data consolidation winds up being a relatively low-risk strategy for smaller enterprises, "provided the consolidation effort is given the required project management resources," according to the Computer Economics report.

The findings suggest there could be a role here for the channel to play in helping these smaller enterprises reduce their expenses through a well-planned and well-managed consolidation effort. Data management and consolidation has been a growing market for channel players this year, and this report indicates investments in this area will pay off.

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