The top underreported tech stories of 2008

iPhone 3G, Windows 7, and cloud computing were important, but don't let them overshadow these key stories

Did you know that a vicious price war is threatening to upset the wholesale bandwidth market? If you didn't, you might not be prepared when your provider is "de-peered," leaving your Web site as isolated as a tiny Pacific atoll. Or maybe you haven't heard much about application virtualization, a technology that could change the way you manage networks of PCs.

There's a huge amount of noise out there, and it often obscures the quiet little stories that could help IT work more efficiently and more profitably. And with 2009 shaping up to be exceptionally difficult, we want to help you gain every bit of competitive advantage.

Our staff reporters, editors, and contributors have taken a hard look at 2008 and come up with a list of seven important IT stories that you might have missed with all the attention this year on the iPhone 3G, the Windows XP/Vista/7 transition, cloud computing, server virtualization, the growth of Macs in business, the Terry Childs saga, finding power savings and responding to the energy crisis, and rising pressures on IT. We think you'll find them enjoyable, perhaps provocative, and above all useful. Happy New Year!

The top underreported tech stories of 2008:
No. 1: Datacenter space prices are rising despite the recession
No. 2: A bad mobile Web spells opportunities
No. 3: Broadband reliability under threat
No. 4: Application virtualization's overshadowed promise
No. 5: Social networking in business is getting real (really)
No. 6: Broadband over power line is back from the dead
No. 7: Women don't want to be in IT, despite all the efforts to entice them
Flashback: 2007's top underreported tech stories

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