Cloud, Big Data and In-Memory Computing make Gartner's list of top 10 strategic technologies for 2012 [RESEARCH]

Gartner recently announced its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2012, at the Gartner Symposium currently being held in Orlando. Included in the list were in-memory computing, big data and cloud computing. The list reveals a mix of both technologies which are already making a lot of disruption in 2011, such as cloud computing and some lesser talked about technologies such as in-memory computing.

Cloud Computing - Perhaps the most talked about technology of the moment, Gartner predict that the cloud has the potential to make a "long term and broad" impact. Despite the amount of hype currently surrounding the technology, it is still in its infancy, with Gartner predicting the market will continue to develop in 2012 as enterprises move from trying to understand the cloud, to making decisions on selected workloads to implement on cloud services and where they need to build out private clouds.

Big Data - Again, another term which has become widely used in 2011. Gartner notes that the size, complexity and speed of delivery of data has now exceeded the amount traditional data centres can deal with. Thus, this new data requires the development of new "exotic" technologies just to manage the volume of data alone and Gartner believes a range of new technologies to deal with the 'big data' problem will cause disruption in 2012.

In-Memory Computing - Gartner predicts a dramatic increase in the use of flash memory in IT systems. The increasingly large amounts of memory available are driving more in-memory platforms including in-memory analytics.

    The full Gartner top 10 strategic technology trends for 2012 are as follows:

  1. Media Tablets
  2. Mobile-Centric Applications and Interfaces
  3. Contextual and Social User Experience
  4. Internet of Things
  5. App Stores and Marketplaces
  6. Next-Generation Analytics
  7. Big Data
  8. In-Memory Computing
  9. Extreme Low-Energy Servers
  10. Cloud Computing

To read the full Gartner press release click here.