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Technology Insight for In-Memory Data Grids

Published: 13 October 2016

ID: G00313886

Analyst(s): Massimo Pezzini


In-memory data grids implement a scalable and highly available in-memory data store, enabling low latency in transaction and analytical processing. As this more-than-a-decade-old technology approaches mainstream adoption, application infrastructure leaders have multiple alternatives to choose from.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • IMDG Programming Model Functionality
    • IMDG Distributed, Transactional In-Memory Data Store Functionality
    • IMDG Persistence Functionality
    • IMDG Security and IT Operation Functionalities
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Database and Transaction Caching, and Transient Data Storage
    • Primary Data Store
    • Real-Time Analytics
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
  • Evaluation Factors
  • In-Memory Data Grid Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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