Hot technologies for 2008


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Report card: Last year's predictions
2007 predictionWhat happened
iSCSI SANiSCSI owns the small- to medium-sized business market. Does anyone still question the acceptance of an iSCSI SAN, even in large enterprises? We nailed this one.
Hardware-based tape encryptionIBM Corp. is selling enterprises a ton of tape libraries with the ability to encrypt data. Still, hardware-based tape encryption for the masses won't get big for a few years. We were a bit early on this one.
Ultra-high-capacity disk drivesYou could buy a 1TB drive for your desktop in 2007. Now drives 1TB in size and larger are being promoted for green storage, and in 2008 some large drives will come with the ability to encrypt data. Again, maybe we were a tad premature here.

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VirtualizationIt's not just servers. From top to bottom, the IT technology stack is being virtualized. We were right on this in 2007, and virtualization (and VMware's stock price) is hotter than ever.
Thin provisioningThin provisioning has become just another flavor of virtualization and almost every array has some form of it. We'll take an "A" for this one, too.

This was first published in December 2007

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