What is hot, what is not in emerging technologies. David Strom and Frank Ohlhorst CMP Xchange Emerging Techs October 2002. Highlights. Wireless networks Network security Gigabit Ethernet Network printing Web services Storage and servers Platforms and processors. Wireless.
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What is hot, what is not in emerging technologies David Strom and Frank Ohlhorst CMP Xchange Emerging Techs October 2002
Highlights • Wireless networks • Network security • Gigabit Ethernet • Network printing • Web services • Storage and servers • Platforms and processors
Wireless • Too many unsecured networks and rogue access points! • Tools to do site audits and how to make this profitable • Differences between 802.11a and b -- security and dual band cards • Where is 802.11g going? • Make sure your laptops support 32-bit card-bus adapters for best performance • Bluetooth becoming a consumer platform
Network security • Anti-virus is a commodity, but essential • The Web makes most networks inherently insecure and difficult to manage • Remote access more than ever a challenge for security managers • Federated identity management hot topic • Do appliances hinder or help matters? • The future of firewalls and VPNs
Gigabit Ethernet • Desktop deployment on the rise • Wire plant needs upgrading -- is CAT 5 good enough? • How to evaluate/test your plant? • More new apps that require gig speeds • Price differential nearly zero for 100 mB • How long until Gig E. in motherboards? • Can the PC bus keep up with Gig speeds?
Network printing • Color is almost a commodity, but which technology will prevail (laser, ink, wax)? • Speed isn’t as important as time for first-page out and single-pass technology • Managing printers is still a challenge • Ethernet-attached printers moving into homes, smaller offices • Consumables is where the profit is! • Dell is making waves with Lexmark deal • Reliability and maintenance still an issue
Web services • New way of developing applications • Software tools from Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, BEA continue to improve, especially their IDEs • .Net is getting lots of attention from integrators • Open source coming on strong • Integration into legacy apps, databases, directories still a challenge • XML and the future of HTML • How to build in security directly • Servlets, applets, gadgets, plug-ins: good or bad
Storage and servers • Disk drives are commodities • SAN/NAS/Fibre -- where are these going? • What is the future of backup and tape? • Appliances have begun to proliferate for email, security, network monitoring, caching and load balancing, etc. • Can the channel keep up with all this technology and make some money?
Platforms and processors • Dell and the white box transformation • AMD vs. Intel: there is still plenty of choice for CPUs • The rise of video memory as the real distinguishing feature these days • Does anyone care about Itanium now? • Will we see more multi-CPU desktops?
Panel • John Donovan, American Power Conversion • Mark Eppley Laplink • Wendy Petty, Falconstor • Art Steinberg, D&H
Questions for panel • Does the distributed data center model make sense and make any money for integrators? • Can resellers still make a living selling white boxes with Dell around? • Is there any good reason to buy a desktop anymore when everyone is so mobile? • What is the role of open source with the channel? • Whither tablet PCs?