The tablet device market is set to continue its rapid growth in the coming years, according to a recent study published by research firm Gartner.

According to the study, total spending on tablet devices in 2011 is expected to reach approximately $29.4 billion worldwide. This is nearly three times the $9.6 billion spent globally on tablets in 2010.

The study predicts tablet sales will continue to grow, with the market expanding at a projected average rate of 52 percent annually until 52 percent.

According to Gartner, the growth of the tablet market will affect the global IT market. The firm announced that, in light of expected tablet sales, it is revising its prediction for growth in the global IT market. Previously, the firm had predicted growth of approximately 5.1 percent. This has now been revised to 5.6 percent.

Global IT spending is expected to reach a total of $3.6 trillion in 2011, according to Gartner.

Many view the rising popularity of tablet devices as deeply intertwined with the growth of cloud computing. Small, mobile, highly-connected devices enable users to access cloud applications and remotely stored data smoothly and efficiently, from any location.