The Data Center of the Future: Connecting to the Internet of Things
There’s no doubt about it: the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing. By 2020, specialists predict there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet. Further, in 2017, the technology and services revenue from the IoT is expected to grow to $7.3 trillion, up from $4.8 trillion in 2012.
This hyper-connectedness, means, of course, that there will be a greater need for data center storage, communication, and asset management. So, what does this mean for your data center exactly? Here, we’ll talk about three ways the increasing reliance on the IoT will affect your data center.
The IoT requires an increase in data flow and data generation
With the IoT, data usage is near-real-time. For example, users need to be connected to their physical locations to be able to receive personalized deals. This kind of IoT data, then, is “digested” when it enters the data center and streamed for a period to a disk farm.
That means, of course, that as this kind of data continues to expand, the data center will need clouds of ingestors and analytics engines. Further, bulk storage will need to be handled by scale-out object stores. Additionally, data centers will need high network performance, as well as to consider increasing aggregated bandwidth as much as 10 times over.
The IoT requires security
Data security will be ever more important as users further connect their lives with IoT objects. For example, what if someone hacked into an IoT device that controlled a thermostat? Or unlocked a person’s home? That’s why in the future, IoT companies may keep data in data centers or private clouds, but some may also store data in public clouds.
The IoT requires architecture
To support the increase in size of the IoT, data centers need more back-end systems like servers, storage, and networks to support it. Since small packets of data are coming in from these devices, companies need to make sure IoT devices aren’t overwhelming WAN or creating bottlenecks. Further, the IoT will require more storage — the data collected from the devices needs to be stored somewhere to be used and analyzed.
As data centers require different types of configuration and security with the increase of IoT connectivity, you need a partner on your side to keep you up to date. Silverback Data Center Solutions considers your data center’s needs, from device configuration to RMA processing. Whether you want Silverback to manage your data center entirely or simply take over a few services, we can make sure you tackle the IoT head on.
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