Today's news confirmed what I heard during my recent trip across the country visiting with our customers. Budgets are tight, and investment in hardware and human resources is going to be slowed by the uncertainty of what the costs of employees will be in the next couple of years.
U.S. Sept non-farm payrolls plunge 263,000
* On Friday October 2, 2009, 8:32 am EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers cut a deeper-than-expected 263,000 jobs in September, lifting the unemployment rate to 9.8 percent, according to a government report on Friday that fueled fears the weak labor market could undermine economic recovery.
The Labor Department said the unemployment rate was the highest since June 1983 and payrolls had now dropped for 21 consecutive months.
There should be no surprise that when costs are going up enterprises need to find efficiencies. Whether it is stretching the lifespan of their legacy storage equipment to control costs, or finding creative ways to increase storage at a reduced cost with new equipment. In a global economy the most efficient and low cost suppliers will win business.
Over the years many of our customers have been asked why we don't create our own affordable hardware and software solution. And our answer to that question is that when the time is right we may. For 20 years we have been providing High Availability solutions to our customers problems. If we can bring an affordable High Availability product to market that meets our customers requirements we will.