In broad strokes, 2005 will be remembered for the emergence of multicore CPUs, the rise of enterprise x86, and even the quiet realization in datacenters throughout the land that CPU virtualization works wonders. But these weren’t the only technologies making waves. The year also brought important -- if perhaps more subtle -- progress to nearly the entire IT landscape. InfoWorld followed the action, analyzing the advances and lifting the hood on the latest innovations. What will be the most meaningful developments in 2006? What were the best products of 2005? Read on to find answers to these questions and more.