Top Ten 2010 Tech Trends: Page 2

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IT for Green: "The use of IT, particularly among the white collar staff, can greatly enhance an enterprise’s green credentials," Gartner analysts said. Common green initiatives include the use of e-documents, reducing travel and teleworking. IT can also provide the analytic tools that others in the enterprise may use to reduce energy consumption in the transportation of goods or other carbon management activities.

Reshaping the Data Center: Cutting operating expenses, which are a nontrivial part of the overall IT spend for most clients, frees up money to apply to other projects or investments either in IT or in the business itself.

Security/Activity Monitoring: A variety of complimentary (and sometimes overlapping) monitoring and analysis tools help enterprises better detect and investigate suspicious activity -- often with real-time alerting or transaction intervention. By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of these tools, enterprises can better understand how to use them to defend the enterprise and meet audit requirements.

Flash Memory: It's not new but it's "moving up a new tier in the storage echelon," according to Gartner. At the rate of price declines, the technology will enjoy more than a 100 percent compound annual growth rate during the next few years and become strategic in many IT areas including consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems.

Virtualization for Availability: Live migration is the movement of a running virtual machine (VM), while its operating system and other software continue to execute as if they remained on the original physical server. This takes place by replicating the state of physical memory between the source and destination.

"The key value proposition is to displace a variety of separate mechanisms with a single 'dial' that can be set to any level of availability from baseline to fault tolerance, all using a common mechanism and permitting the settings to be changed rapidly as needed," said Gartner.

Mobile Applications: By the end of 2010, Gartner predicts 1.2 billion people will carry handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce providing a rich environment for the convergence of mobility and the Web.

"There are already many thousands of applications for platforms such as the Apple iPhone, in spite of the limited market and need for unique coding," Gartner said.

"It may take a newer version that is designed to flexibly operate on both full PC and miniature systems, but if the operating system interface and processor architecture were identical, that enabling factor would create a huge turn upwards in mobile application availability."

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