While much of the enterprise community is focused on the rise of hosted services and virtualization, we're still impressed by the less glamorous, but no less revolutionary, developments in appliances.
A number of key developments have occurred in recent weeks, starting with Google's improvements to its Mini search device. New additions like the OneBox for Enterprise interface, plus Google Analytics and Sitemap bring many of the higher-end functions to a platform that's within the reach of even the smallest of organizations.
And storage functionality gets a boost through arrangements like that of NetApp and Symantec, bringing NetApp Fibre Chanel appliances in line with the Veritas Storage Foundation. If you're in a strictly SAN environment, you've basically got a way to quickly and easily gain access to the data center anywhere on the enterprise.
And for those of you delving into grid architectures, a number of enhancements to GridApps' D2500 database appliance tighten the bonds with Oracle's RAC system even further. Launching a virtual database at the drop of a hat has never been easier.
Like we said, appliances may not be glamorous and sexy, but they get the job done.