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EMC's Preferred, Survey Says

IT managers aren't spending much, but nearly half of what they are shelling out could go chiefly to EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), according to the latest Goldman Sachs & Co. IT spending survey. EMC is the storage mindshare leader, while partner Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) is expected to pick up share fastest among storage vendors, the firm maintains.

EMC was named as preferred high-end storage vendor by 42 percent and the preferred midrange vendor by 32 percent of 100 IT managers surveyed by the firm in April. Dell was No. 1 on the low end, with 34 percent. Although Goldman Sachs conducts the survey every two months, the preferred vendor question was new to the April survey.

Also on the high end, IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) finished second to EMC with 31 percent of respondents voting the company as preferred. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) was next with 10 percent and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) fourth with 6 percent.

On the low end, Hitachi placed second to Dell with 28 percent of respondents preferring it, and IBM got a 10 percent turnout.

Dell and HP tied for second in the midrange area with 19 percent, followed by IBM with 14 percent, Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) with 9 percent, and Hitachi with 2 percent.

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