Automated tiering moves data between high-performance SSDs or hard drives to high-capacity, lower-performance disk as that data is accessed less frequently.
Automated tiering technology, which is being sold by all major vendors, displaced backup data reduction and deduplication in the top spot in "hot technologies" in previous surveys from TheInfoPro.
Additionally, survey respondents indicated that their IT budgets are tightening this year. Last year, 46% indicated their budgets were increasing. This year only 40% said they are looking forward to more money for IT.
IT professionals in midsize enterprises indicated they expected to see the most belt-tightening, with only 36% planning to increase spending, down from 47%.
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