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This IDC Survey examines the impact of economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on IT infrastructure spending, specifically servers and storage. By examining dozens of organizations around the world, we can conclude the following:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate impact on 2Q20 spending worldwide. Regional sentiment varied, but on the whole, IT and LOB leaders were bearish on second-quarter 2020.
  • Depending on how quickly economies restart and return to normalcy, IT spending may return to pre-crisis levels worldwide. Again, regional sentiment varies, but on the whole, IT and LOB leaders are cautiously optimistic for 2020. As organizations plan for 2021, outlook appears to begin to improve worldwide, as many have adapted to the crisis.
  • As and when capital preservation strategies are relaxed a bit, it is likely that enterprises may demand creative opex-friendly IT infrastructure spending models like flexible consumption, pay as you go, and subscription pricing. They may also choose to invest more in converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. Many others may accelerate their journey to the public cloud.


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