Hot technologies for 2008


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Not so hot in 2008

Here are five technologies we feel need more time to mature; consequently, they won't be hot in 2008.

Automated storage tiering
Automated storage tiering promised to use policies to automatically move data from costly primary storage to cheaper storage tiers. "The hard part has been data classification. The knowledge needed for classification, however, sits higher up in the stack, in middleware or EAI [enterprise application integration], so there's this disconnect," says Robert C. Gray, founder and senior analyst, RobertGrayDirect. Moving data between different vendors' products is also a big, and so far unsolved, issue.
Storage performance reporting tools
These tools try to take storage resource management (SRM) to the next level by showing how well storage performs based on various quality of service metrics. "The tools to date haven't been much more than rebranded SRM products. What's needed is real performance information pulled from across multiple domains," says Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO

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Grid storage
In theory, grid storage offers a scalable, highly available and adaptable storage environment in which intelligent storage cells could be added or repurposed as needed. Sounds great except for the lack of grid storage products, which are coming at a snail's pace. Instead, companies are using clustering to get some of the advantages (mainly availability) that grid storage promises.
Enterprise encryption key management
Industry standards for key management and key exchange are vitally important. But they aren't here yet, and it looks like we'll have to wait until 2009. Even then, it will take time to get the standards implemented in actual products. "Every vendor now has proprietary key management. There are no standards for sharing keys. This is still way [too] immature," says Schulz.
Disk backup to tape
It's definitely not news that tape isn't going away, but other components are increasingly being inserted in the path between disk and tape. Disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) is becoming more popular as is disk-to-disk offsite replication. "By replicating between sites, I can back up 100% of my computers without tape," says Jason Paige, information system manager at Integral Capital Partners, Menlo Park, CA. "When auditors ask about backup, I tell them it is replicated offsite daily and they are OK with that."

This was first published in December 2007

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