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New Research Finds Top IT Priorities In Australian Businesses (50 - 400 People)

  • 28 February, 2005 14:05

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 28 February, 2005 -- The majority of businesses with between 50 to 400 employees say their top-three IT priorities include application upgrades, new business projects and backup, recovery and archiving of data, according to an independent study conducted by ACA Research for EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information storage and management.</p>
<p>Management of servers, particularly in remote locations, was a key consideration for IT managers. The organisations surveyed have an average of 11 servers, with almost 60 per cent managing servers in remote locations.</p>
<p>In addition, these organisations' problems with managing their information is being driven by the need to perform backup and archiving (22 per cent), to handle growing amounts of e-mail (15 per cent), to manage enterprise resource planning (9 per cent) and to store multimedia files and human resources and payroll data (7 per cent each). Activities including e-commerce, business and web services, AutoCad and engineering, database management, supply chain management and logistics, and purchasing and procurement are also driving the demand.</p>
<p>According to ACA Research, Australian companies employing between 50-400 employees will spend more than AUD$150 million to purchase additional storage capacity needed for their businesses in 2005.</p>
<p>“Small- to medium-sized enterprises account for the majority of businesses operating in Australia,” said Steve Redman, managing director of EMC Australia and New Zealand. “They play a pivotal role in the expansion of the economy and their IT needs have grown along with it.”</p>
<p>Redman added, “The research points to a new trend which says SMEs face the same IT challenges and issues as large corporations. To remain competitive, SMEs are realising they must devote the financial and human resources needed to proactively manage their data and other IT priorities. Doing both will help them operate as efficiently as possible and maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.</p>
<p>“With our recent acquisitions, EMC now operates well beyond the traditional storage market-- and we have solutions aimed specifically at this market segment. EMC has tools and solutions to help companies manage their server environment, with virtualisation software from VMware, through to solutions for the back up and recovery environment, with tools from EMC Dantz and EMC Legato.”</p>
<p>The research also points towards Australian SMEs’ growing acceptance of network-based storage solutions to manage their data. Thirty-two per cent use such a solution, which can be configured using EMC’s CLARiiON AX100, to back up and archive files and manage growing amounts of e-mail. The AX100 is also capturing market share because it provides an enterprise-class, network-based solution, as well as simplified deployment and management at a considerably more affordable price.</p>
<p>ACA Research contacted 180 SMEs when it conducted the survey during the fourth quarter of 2004. Ninety-eight per cent said they manage their storage needs in-house instead of outsourcing the function.</p>
<p>About EMC
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com/au.</p>
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<p>EMC and CLARiiON are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Emma Rogers
Corporate Communications Manager
EMC Australia and New Zealand
+61 2 9925 7942 /+61 0408 238 309
rogers_emma@emc.com</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299
martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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