ISCSI will hit the big time in 2005, according to Storage Management expert Brett Cooper. Brett had
Virtualization is another area that will continue to benefit from the increased availability of products. However, our experts disagree on where virtualization will take place. SAN expert Christopher Poelker says it will happen at the packet/block level, while Brett Cooper bets server level. Either way, expect virtualization to continue to move beyond vaporware.
This year's big buzzword was the other favorite topic of debate among our experts. Everyone wants to know: Will information lifecycle management (ILM) arrive this year? (Actually, many people still want to know what the heck ILM is, but that's another story.) Backup expert Pierre Dorion says that a lack of useful tools will prevent users from getting much benefit from ILM. Networking expert Greg Schulz predicts some adoption of ILM, but more hype than reality. Cooper holds out hope for ILM, but cautions that it's a strategy, not a product.
Other things to keep an eye out for in 2005 include storage interface enhancements, programmable storage, protocol-independent servers, and a continued interest in disk-based backup.
Christopher Poelker: SAN predictions for 2005 -- The year of programmable storage