Trends Report

Demand Insights: The SMB Hardware Infrastructure Market

SMBs' Plans For Servers, Storage, Virtualization, Form Factors, And Cloud Computing

April 20th, 2011
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Tim Harmon
With contributors:
Peter Burris , Eric Hsieh

Summary

Suppliers of infrastructure hardware to small and medium-size business (SMB) buyers are poised for better times, given plans by SMBs to upgrade their software and associated hardware infrastructures — but only for those vendors that embrace and deliver a broad-portfolio services and solutions orientation. Storage and server technologies top SMBs' budget lists, but much of that will be consumed by the SMB market as a cloud service. 2011 and 2012 will be marked years for SMB client device form-factor transition, too, as data-hungry tablets emerge as viable business devices.

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