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‘IoT to expand 26bn units by 2020’

Internet of Things (IoT) will expand to 26 billion units and
create new challenges for the Data center by 2020, according to the research
firm Gartner.

Internet of Things (IoT) will expand to 26 billion units and
create new challenges for the Data center by 2020, according to the research
firm Gartner.

“The Internet of Things has a potential transformational
effect on the data center market, its customers, technology providers,
technologies, and sales and marketing models,” Gartner said in a statement.
Gartner estimates that the IoT will include 26 billion units installed by 2020,
and by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental
revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services.

“IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that
need to be processed and analyzed in real time,” said Fabrizio Biscotti,
research director at Gartner.

“Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will
increase as a proportion of workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing
new security, capacity and analytics challenges,” he said.

The IoT connects remote assets and provides a data stream
between the asset and centralized management systems. Those assets can then be
integrated into new and existing organizational processes to provide
information on status, location, functionality, and so on.

Real-time information enables more accurate understanding of
status, and it enhances utilization and productivity through optimized usage
and more accurate decision support. Business and data analytics give insights
into the business requirements data feed from the IoT environment and will help
predict the fluctuations of IoT-enriched data and information.

“The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer
volume, velocity and structure of IoT data, creates challenges, particularly in
the areas of security, data, storage management, servers and the data center
network, as real-time business processes are at stake,” said Joe Skorupa,
vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Data center managers
will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management in these areas to
be able to proactively meet the business priorities associated with IoT.”

“IoT threatens to generate massive amounts of input
data from sources that are globally distributed. Transferring the entirety of
that data to a single location for processing will not be technically and
economically viable,” said Skorupa.

“The recent
trend to centralize applications to reduce costs and increase security is
incompatible with the IoT. Organizations will be forced to aggregate data in
multiple distributed mini data centers where initial processing can occur.
Relevant data will then be forwarded to a central site for additional
processing.”

By CIO staff

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