A recent study released by AFCOM revealed that information technology spending is rising, but data center spending remains stagnant.

Of the 358 CIOs and IT directors surveyed, 37 percent said they will increase their budgets this year, while only 18 percent are lowering budgets. Also, nearly half of the data managers surveyed plan to expand their data centers, while more than half also monitor server utilization, cooling efficiencies and power-usage effectiveness.

According to Jill Yaoz, AFCOM's CEO, the reason companies are not spending as much on data centers is due to new technology, including cost-efficient cooling equipment, power-efficient servers and virtualization.

"Despite the economy, data centers are spending money," Yaoz told the VirtualizationReview.com. "We found that to be interesting because if you look at the economy, a lot of organizations aren't spending money and, in fact, they are cutting budgets."

Spiceworks recently released its own survey of more than 3,000 IT professionals regarding small- and medium-sized businesses. According to the report, 74 percent of SMBs plan to use virtualization by the end of 2011.

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