When business is tight you might expect cost cutting to be rampant. In the UK IT sector, the 2.5% VAT reduction announced by the government should have seen some hardware come down in price. And it has, but only at the bottom of the market on items such as laptops and printers.
One sector where there has been appreciable price increases is storage. According to Sean Haffney, Storage Business Manager, Fujitsu UK, "some vendors have increased their UK storage prices by as much as 20% since January 1st."
Sensing an opportunity, Fujitsu Technology Solutions (FTS) has gone on the attack by holding prices on its Fibre CAT disk drive arrays. Haffney says "We are holding prices on FibreCAT to make sure that customers understand that they can still upgrade their storage, despite the recession.
This move by FTS means that the entry level price of a 2TB FibreCAT SX80 with redundant power supplies in a 2U chassis will stay at around £3,300. With support for both iSCSI and Fibre Channel (FC), the SX80 (Fibre channel only) and SX80i (iSCSI)can be upgraded to support a maximum of 50TB of raw storage capacity.