Top 10 Disruptive Technologies Affecting the Data Center - Mashups and Composite Applications
Mashups mix content from multiple sources by using feeds from public APIs. An example is an application that mashes information from a real estate company's Web site with a Web mapping interface from another site to show the location of area home listings. Mashing is a presentation layer approach to integration and composite applications that leverage Web technologies on both the consumer side (the browser) and the source side (Web feed protocols). Opportunistic applications are end-user-created composites based on an individual's need or context.
Several technologies are poised to shake up the data center. Gartner Research Vice President Carl Claunch provided eWEEK with a list of 10 technologies to watch. They are all relatively immature today, Claunch said, but will mature enough for widespread use in the next 18 to 36 months. In many cases, he said, maturity will occur only for a subset of each technology or for well-defined applications, with full maturity for more general use lagging beyond the three-year window.
The 10 technologies that follow should be considered in conjunction with many proven, fully mature technologies, as well as others that did not make this list but can also provide value for many companies.