Report: Hardware still accounts for the bulk of IT spending

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In 2022, companies will modernize 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 share of total tech spend, accounting for 30% of total IT budgets.

This report delves into future and historical hardware data from SWZD’s State of IT, sharing previously unpublished data to provide even deeper insights into laptop, desktop and server trends observed in recent years. The research highlights technology adoption plans that reveal shifts in spending and opportunities for suppliers as companies modernize tech infrastructure to prepare for a hybrid future.

bar chart.  Planned adoption of processors powering on-prem servers (within two years).  Intel is the highest with 88%, AMD with 61%, IBM with 51% and ARM with 43%.

Driven by the shift to remote work, where portable computing devices are a high priority, companies plan to spend significantly more on laptops than on desktops: 19% of hardware budgets versus 14%, respectively.

In server rooms around the world, on-premises infrastructure will evolve to provide better performance and become more intertwined with public clouds. For example, fast solid-state drives (SSDs) continue to gain popularity as companies look to reduce the storage bottlenecks of legacy hard drives. Already, 55% of businesses are using 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 SSD drives (53%).

As more workloads run in AWS or Azure to support the remote workforce, on-premises infrastructure will evolve to integrate seamlessly with public clouds, giving organizations greater 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 businesses (37%) are taking it a step further by adopting consumption-based “as-a-service” billing, which simplifies building hybrid clouds by aligning technology stacks voting and bringing the cloud payment model to market. buildings infrastructure.

For the survey, SWZD collected responses from 1,145 IT buyers in organizations in North America and Europe.

Read the full SWZD report.

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