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2004: Top Ten Trends to Watch

As we open a red-rimmed, rheumy eye on the new year, it's time to take stock of the storage networking world. Overnight, 2004 is upon us, with the usual questions begging to be answered: Are we getting anywhere? Who's in charge? Who's dragging behind? Where did I park the car? [Ed. note: The last one, we can't help you with.]

Without further ado, swallow your aspirin and let's get down to business. Here is what we, the editors of Byte and Switch, view as the top 10 storage networking trends for 2004.

No. 10: Virtualization Myth or Reality?

Simply put, virtualization makes it easier for organizations to manage resources through applications that pool, replicate, and back up data. At this stage, it’s probably more of a goal than a reality. Most major vendors have announced some kind of virtualization strategy, and the quest for virtualization brought about several 2003 acquisitions, including EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) buying VMware; Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) acquiring Spinnaker; and Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) purchasing Sistina Software. Here are some of our articles and resources on virtualization:

No. 9: At Your (Storage) ServicesPutting all the pieces of networked storage together can get complicated and time-consuming. That’s why services make sense. Keeping track of all the service options can also be complicated and time-consuming in its own right, though. There are full-service services that get the whole shebang up and running, and others that specialize in one aspect of running the SAN. For instance, telcos such as AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON) offer remote replication services for disaster recovery. Other companies, including ManagedStorage International Inc. (MSI), sell services through carriers but also offer higher-end outsourcing directly to enterprise users. Check out the following articles:

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