IoT Preparedness: Why Infrastructure Concerns Come First
“All the information gathered by all the sensors in the world isn’t worth very much if there isn’t an infrastructure in place to analyze it in real time.” – Daniel Burrus, Wired
As enterprises begin to scale up their Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, a major concern is scaling in a secure manner. While security absolutely must be considered, a more forward-thinking concern for enterprises should be designing an infrastructure that can allow for the rapid growth and opportunities the IoT continues to offer.
Predictions such as those by Gartner forecast that the number of connected devices will reach 25 billion by 2020. The possibility of so much connectivity is almost hard to imagine, but the broader implication is that there must be an underlying infrastructure to support all these connected devices. As such, it is key that businesses design and build IoT infrastructures that can handle the staggering number of devices and massive quantities of data involved while also meeting security, reliability and high-availability demands.
IoT in the Cloud
Cloud solutions have become highly appealing as businesses look at how to scale their infrastructure. A cloud solution can significantly reduce the burden of building out a data center that must be able to massively scale or retract when necessary to meet reliability and availability requirements. In fact, IDC predicted that within the next five years, more than 90 percent of all IoT data will be hosted on service provider platforms.
Always top of mind, security is a critical component of any IoT infrastructure. To ensure security and protect the network infrastructure, businesses need to first understand how the data will move and how the devices will communicate. This allows them to develop security and privacy protocols that result in data being secured, prioritized and routed accordingly.
Here again, to avoid many of the hardships associated with building and maintaining a secure IoT infrastructure, many businesses are turning to the cloud. Cloud-ready security products protect IoT data, applications and infrastructure.
Data Analytics and Management
Ultimately, IoT is about data — how to collect it, store it, manage it, secure it and use it to drive insights and grow revenue. To make the most of that data, enterprises need an infrastructure that allows for real-time analysis. Meeting these needs requires an IoT analytics infrastructure with high-volume, real-time and mobile-enabled IoT capabilities.
Additionally, businesses should consider a cognitive approach to data analysis, which will allow them to gain deeper, more meaningful insights from their data as the system learns from interactions and experiences within the environment.
The rapid growth of IoT will change the way the world works in ways industry leaders can only begin to imagine. However, to realize the full potential and opportunities IoT presents, businesses need to start by having the right infrastructure in place to support this new ecosystem.