The Internet of Things Is Coming: What You Need to Know

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Alan R. Earls of SearchDataCenter recently wrote a great article on the Internet of Things (IoT) — its scope, predictions for the future, and how IT needs to respond. He begins, “By the end of 2020, there will be approximately 212 billion Internet-connected things, from healthcare instruments to tracking devices to wearables, according to analyst firm IDC. And all of that new or expanded instrumentation generates traffic for networks and demand for storing and processing data, which is bound to mean more stress on server, storage and networking infrastructures, said Nik Rouda, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). Back-end systems — servers, storage and networks — must grow into an Internet of Things architecture to support the massive economic transition.”

Earls continues, “From an IT support perspective, the large number of small packets of data coming from multiple directions could cause chaos, said Ed Featherston, director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, an IT services provider based in Boston. These small packets of data come from numerous devices, ultimately consuming corporate bandwidth. Without proper planning, ‘IoT could overwhelm a corporate WAN or [create] bottlenecks at remote or hosted sites,’ said Featherston. ‘Any IoT devices that have near-real-time needs should absolutely be designed and planned for, but … since most is data capture for use by analytics, network latency may be less of an issue’.”

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