Nearly all sides of the enterprise server and storage market are feeling the impact of COVID-19 as the global pandemic interrupts manufacturing and supply chains and raises prices on components and equipment. The pinch is being felt equally by IT departments now contending with tighter budgets and growing business challenges.
Forrester, looking at several disruptions, including the pandemic as well as tariff and trade disputes, is now forecasting growth for the global tech market will dip from a peak of 5 percent in 2018 down to 3 percent this year. Meanwhile, growth in spending for tech consulting and systems integration services is expected to increase by 3.2 percent. This equates to less money for hardware and more for brainpower.
As server and storage hardware becomes harder to get, and as IT budgets tighten, some IT professionals who support global data centers are considering white-box, commodity servers and storage. However, as we’ve recently seen with government restrictions on Asian white box suppliers, white-box servers aren’t the perfect fix either.
But there is another way forward that gets you great pricing, leading capabilities, and immediate access to a massive stock of servers in Houston, Texas.