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Architect Cloud-Native Solutions With In-Memory Computing

Published: 28 January 2016

ID: G00292676

Analyst(s): Rick Greenwald , Eric Knipp


In-memory computing (IMC) and cloud computing reinforce each other with complementary strengths and overlapping weaknesses. Solution architects should use IMC as a component of all new cloud-native applications and for other solutions where performance and scalability are primary considerations.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is IMC?
    • IMDGs
    • IMDBMSs
  • Varieties of Cloud Computing and IMC
  • Integrating IMC Into Your Architecture
  • Reasons for Increased Interest in IMC and Cloud Computing
    • Modernization and Agility
    • Competitive Advantage
  • Use Cases for IMC and Cloud Computing
    • Web Applications
    • Big Data
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Data Access Is Read-Heavy
  • Application Is State-Light
  • Data Access Can Be Tiered
  • Application Has an Elastic Load Profile
  • Cloud Data Is Permissible
  • Amount of On-Premises Data Is Amenable to Transfer
  • Data Access Requires Low Latency or Real-Time Manipulation
  • External Factors (Skills, Time to Deploy and Cost Model) Are Accounted For

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