In the future, everything will be connected. It won’t be just our smartphones that access the Internet; everything from the thermostat in your home to your front door and blenders will be linked. But this, experts say, is only the tip of an iceberg.
The Internet of Thing (IoT) will generate enormous quantities of data that need to be stored and processed in real time. This exponential growth is presenting new challenges in the areas of security, analytics and capacity that will require data centers to reorganize how they store and process data effectively.
Within the IoT, all network-connected appliances and devices are designed with sensors that send and receive data. It’s hard to predict the amount of data devices, and wearables will generate. Gartner estimates that “the Internet of Things and wearable computing will include 26 billion units installed by 2020, and that IoT products and service suppliers will generate revenue exceeding $300 billion.”
Increased Storage and Compute Demands Requires More Power
As massive data generation leads to exponential increases in demand for storage and computing, data centers need to be certain that the electrical infrastructure they have today will be able to cope with the changes.
The value of connected devices comes from analyzing the data these appliances generate. That will drive the need for powerful computers to process information in real-time and make meaningful sense of the data acquired. Data centers will require enough power, cooling, and connectivity to get the job done.
The growing data demands will not only lead to greater power usage but will increase cost as well. Data centers need to look for ways of accessing renewable and cost-effective energy to reduce the price of power. Companies like Facebook or Google, for instance, have built data centers in Sweden and Finland where the power grid is energy efficient and reliable.
WAN Connectivity Will Become More Important Than Ever
As the world gets more connected than ever before, any downtime will create frustration. Just think about how fretful users get when services like Facebook or Twitter are down briefly.
It’s paramount that the connection between devices and data centers is solid all the way out to the last mile. More than that, a large number of IoT applications will require real-time data transport, so reliable streaming becomes crucial. According to Gartner, smaller data centers can be more efficient at transferring and processing data quickly.
Safety Will Become a Major Concern
The Internet of Things will create a highly dynamic environment. The constant flow of data will often be shared with different devices or comprised of content that needs to be delivered to various services. The massive digitization of multiple devices deployed across different urban environments is expected to create new security challenges for data centers. Experts recommend companies to focus on security and privacy down to the code level, especially in sensitive industries like banking.
While it’s still too early to tell how the Internet of Things will change our lives, one thing is certain: data centers will play a vital role. Companies need to ensure that data centers provide flexibility, security, and connectivity to prepare for the IoT revolution.
By Staff Writer