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2008: Virtualization to remain hot item for Venture Capitalists

Well for the industry as well, I'd say...

"Virtualisation across the board is already hot, and it's going to get hotter," says Maeder. Once applied mainly to servers in the datacentre, this technique will find more applications as enterprises look to get their arms around unruly IT systems. "It's getting more segmented, it's going to pop up in a lot of places, but ultimately it all amounts to the same thing; taking something that's currently uncontrollable, labour-intensive and vulnerable to security breaches and making it safe and more economical to operate."

Another trend Maeder predicts for 2008 is, at long last, the death of antivirus software and other security products that allow employees to install and download any programs they'd like onto their PCs, and then attempt to weed out the malicious code. Instead, products that protect endpoints by only allowing IT-approved code to be installed will become the norm.

"There are much better approaches to dealing with external threats, and those approaches are going to take over," he says.
CW NZ reporting here...

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