ANALYST: Francis Chu MOST IMPRESSIVE: The advent of Serial ATA has turned the IDE technologies bounded on desktop systems for so many years into something new and exciting. Serial ATA has revolutionized desktop storage and will soon be able to compete with SCSI in enterprise applications.MOST USEFUL: Neoteris Instant Virtual Extranet provides companies with a better way to Web-enable enterprise applications securely and effortlessly over traditional VPN solutions. SLIPPING OFF THE RADAR: Dial-up remote access has been steadily replaced by more robust and manageable VPN solutions. Companies are also using new tools to Web-enable applications for their remote clients, making dial-up access obsolete. YEARS BIGGEST TECH STORY: The settlement of the Microsoft antitrust trial is the definitive tech story of 2002, but security continues to be on the top of many IT managers minds. WHAT TO WATCH IN 2003: Instant messaging will be on the rise, as big vendors bring their enterprise-class IM systems onto the market. And new standards will enable corporate managers to better manage and control employee IM usage across the board. LEVEL OF PRESCIENCE LAST YEAR: Last year, I stated the need for wireless security products and espoused blade servers. The blade server market is growingalbeit at a snails pacebut practical security in the wireless space is still far off.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Blade server offerings this year, with their limited management and provisioning capabilities. That said, the future is still bright for blades: In the upcoming year, well see more powerful multiprocessor offerings based on Xeon and Itanium chips.