The recession drove much of the tech news this year, but cloud computing,
virtualization and storage were bright spots in dark times
By Wayne Rash
The recession cast a long shadow on the tech land- scape in 2009, but there were some bright spots. eWEEK Senior Writer Chris Preimesberger said
virtualization technology is growing
because of the demands for efficiency and for computing in the
Senior Editor Jeff Burt agrees.
“The recession has ramped up
interest in virtualization faster than
people have expected,” he said. “The
adoption rate has bloomed.” Burt
added that there’s renewed interest
in desktop virtualization: “People
are more anxious to take a look at it.
The drive for efficiency is important.
That’s where you have the interest in
converged data center solutions.”
Preimesberger added that storage
came out smelling especially rosy as
cloud storage exploded: “The prices
have come down, and the competition has gone up. People are buying
all kinds of storage.”
But Preimesberger noted that
while companies are finding new and
efficient ways to store their critical
data, they aren’t necessarily poised to
recover data in the event of a disaster.
“The data recovery business is very
different [from storage],” he said.
“Symantec did a study, and 49 percent
of SMBs and SOHOs have no data
backup and recovery plan.”
Cloud computing was one area
that shone this year. “The growth
of cloud-based storage was huge,”
said Preimesberger, who covers
cloud computing, virtualization and
storage for eWEEK. Preimesberger
noted that cloud storage compa-
nies—including Mozy, Carbonite,
Google and Amazon—
“are all doing really,
Growing interest in
the cloud meant that
The cloud also sparked
renewed interest in the
which began to take on
aspects of an operating
system in the cloud.
As you’d expect, the leader in operating systems wasn’t about to let
such a trend pass by unchallenged:
Microsoft made a big and unexpected move this year, launching
the Bing search engine.
“The launch of Bing is incredibly important because it signals
Microsoft’s strong intention to garner serious market share in search,”
said eWEEK Senior Writer Clint
Google, meanwhile, has moved to
converge search and operating systems, especially for mobile devices.
“With the Chrome OS, [Google is]
trying to create a lightweight Web
application operating environment
that will run on netbooks,” said
In addition, Google has taken aim
at Microsoft and others in the mobile
marketplace with the Android operating system. “The explosion of
Android is a big deal,”
Not all was clear in
the cloud this year,
the risks inherent
in cloud computing.
Users of Google Apps,
for example, experienced many outages
this year, and the
for T-Mobile Sidekick
users disappeared when a server
failed at the cloud-based storage
facility of a Microsoft subsidiary.
While most of the data was eventually recovered, the loss caused concern for those who were planning
to move all of their storage to the
Tough economic times
The recession this year hit everyone hard—even Microsoft, which
experienced a declining revenue
trend for the first time in its existence,
said Nicholas Kolakowski, eWEEK
Microsoft reporter and staff writer.
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