It's that time of the year -- 4th quarter -- when the pundits and analysts are rolling out their predictions for what will be the big technology trends in 2009. Industry analyst giant Gartner analyst group weighed in with its top 10 strategic technologies for 2009:
- cloud computing
- enterprise mashups
- specialized systems
- social software
- social networks
- unified communications
- business intelligence
- green IT.
It's hard to argue with Gartner's list -- all highly visible and important issues. Many dubbed 2008 the year of virtualization. I think 2009 is going to go after that title as well. Our virtualization solutions have been well-received out of the box in early 2008 and have continued to pick up steam throughout the year. Developers and administrators both see the value. In line with Gartner, our server business has also been thriving this year. Servers are running all aspects of business, are crucial, and need to perform flawlessly and optimally.
Yet despite Gartner's nice list, in this week's edition of eWeek magazine, Eric Lundquist, editor in chief, has put together The 10 techs Gartner missed, that acknowldges Gartner's strong list but also points out some other very important ones. I'm with Eric - he definitely hits on some key ones that I see evidence of here in our somewhat smaller world view that is disk defragmentation.
Number 3 on Lundquist's list is "Tune-up." He says "look, 2009 is going to be tough on the budget. Companies are going to want to extend systems through overhauls and tune-ups rather than through new purchases." Choir here, Eric - nice sermon! Indeed, we've actually seen increased activity across our business lines since the economic meltdown over the last several weeks. The IT adminsitrators and managers in the trenches understand that the money for a bunch of new shiny hardware isn't coming through. But by spending a little bit on software that can extend their existing PCs, laptops, and servers lives as well as boost their performance to make their users more productive and happy, they can be literally heroes in their organization. Same thing for small businesses and same for consumers. They are looking to get the most our of what they have. Enter good ol' tried and true, boring defragmentation. Like every other recession.
Number 10 on Lundquist's list is "New green." He's not talking about marketing hype that is everywhere these days. Lundquist says "the biggest cost savings is the system that is turned off..." That's doable with PerfectDisk's flexible scheduling options that allow for completely defragmenting your entire drives and completely consolidating free space...and shutting off your machine. Other not-so-smart solutions might never get the job done if you actually turned them off to save some energy.
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