What’s ‘hot’ . . . according to you

Posted on January 01, 2007

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We regularly report on the results of end-user surveys from research outfits such as TheInfoPro, and one of the more interesting parts of those surveys is where users rank various technologies in terms of what’s hot, and what’s not. In the case of TheInfoPro, it’s called the Technology Heat Index, which measures technologies in terms of what users are most likely to buy in a certain time frame. However, it’s important to note that TheInfoPro’s surveys are almost 100% focused on Fortune 1000 firms. In contrast, the majority of InfoStor’s readers are small to medium-sized businesses, or SMBs (although we do have plenty of readers in the Fortune 1000 companies, too). That explains the differences in users’ technology rankings between our readers and, say, TheInfoPro’s base.

In our most recent reader survey, we asked you to rank various technologies in terms of what you’d like to read more about. As you can see in the figure, disk-based backup and recovery once again-and not surprisingly-topped the chart. Although D2D backup is bordering on being old school, more than half (52%) of you said you’d still like to read more about it. (The Special Report in our February issue will focus squarely on disk-based backup/recovery, with an emphasis on virtual tape libraries, or VTLs.)

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In the number-two spot is what some readers may consider to be one of the more-boring technologies-disk array interfaces, which was cited by exactly half of our readers as something they want to read more about. If you’re one of those readers, go directly to the Special Report in this issue: “SAS is the new kid on the I/O block,” p. 24.

Equally surprising is which technology wound up in the number-three position-storage virtualization. In terms of end-user adoption, storage virtualization is still in its infancy, but obviously it’s poised for widespread adoption this year, according to your interest quotient. For more information on the benefits of virtualization, read Steve Norall’s Storage virtualization becoming a reality,” on p. 37.

Although information lifecycle management (ILM) was cited by only about one-fourth of our readers as being a hot technology (it ranks much higher among Fortune 1000 users), it’s clear that interest in this technology-or concept-will pick up sharply this year. For more information on what is shaping up to be the most interesting-and challenging-aspect of ILM, check out David Hill’s “Data classification is the foundation for ILM, IIM,” on p. 34.

Of course, any ranking of technologies would not be complete without a look at which ones you’re not interested in (at least based on the list we provided). In our most recent reader survey, that dubious honor goes to fabric-based applications and InfiniBand.


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