We also expect WAN accelerators, remote vaulting and remote office technologies—which have been hovering on the periphery of the industry for several years—to gain prominence as organizations look to simplify their storage environments by reining in satellite offices. E-mail archiving, which seemingly came out of the blue following a huge fine levied against Morgan Stanley for failing to deliver documents requested by the court, may become the hottest of the hot storage technologies in 2006. Panicked corporate executives willing to spend whatever it takes to avoid a similar fate in our increasingly litigious business environment will propel the rush to archive e-mail.
The path from hype to hot is a slippery slope, strewn with technologies that, for one reason or another, never reached the hot, must-have plateau. Storage expects the following technologies to make the perilous transition from hype to hot in 2006.Click here to view the first hot technology on our list