The research was commissioned by Riverbed, and also highlights the top five investment priorities and IT spending trends by CIOs in EMEA for 2013.
Vanson Bourne, the independent specialist technology market research company, managed the research, which questioned 400 CIOs across the EMEA region about their spending priorities over the next 12 months.
The top 5 investment priorities identified by the survey for CIOs in the EMEA region include are server virtualisation (50 per cent), data centre consolidation (40 per cent), storage consolidation (34 per cent), desktop virtualisation (33 per cent) and server upgrades (33 per cent).
Willem Hendrickx, SVP EMEA at Riverbed Technology said: “Investment appears to primarily focus on centralising technology in order to remain competitive. CIOs clearly understand the cost and time savings that consolidation and virtualisation can bring.
“However, in order to fully reap the benefits of these initiatives, they also realise the network needs to be completely optimised to maintain application performance, or companies run the risk of negating many of the potential benefits.”