The Cloud Proves Beneficial in Developing IoT-Optimized Mobile Infrastructures

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Back in 2014, experts predicted that global mobile data traffic would increase by 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015, a 26-fold increase from the traffic generated in 2010. Now, almost halfway through 2016, the growth of mobile data traffic has moved from a serious concern to a critical one for enterprises looking to optimize their IT infrastructure.

However, it’s not just about mobile anymore — there is also a pressing need for an Internet of Things (IoT)-optimized infrastructure. In reality, mobile and the IoT are inextricably linked. Mobile devices are at the heart of the IoT, providing connectivity to data sensors all around the world. As such, organizations will see not only a greater number of mobile devices on their networks, but also an increasing number of smart connected devices, accompanied by large volumes of real-time data.

As organizations determine how to best support both mobile and IoT initiatives, they should look to the cloud and its current infrastructure capabilities for help.

Enhanced Reliability From Cloud Platforms

One of the greatest concerns for organizations is the growing demand mobile and IoT devices put on the network. With thousands or even millions of concurrent connections possible, current wireless local area networks often become overwhelmed.

To combat this problem and ensure reliability for users, organizations will have to implement protocols for bandwidth prioritization and determine which types of applications should be given bandwidth priority. Cloud platforms can play a key role in this. In fact, 22 percent of mobile technology leaders currently use a cloud platform to deliver mobile applications.

Not only do cloud providers offer more sophisticated network management than most organizations can build on their own, but cloud services can also help automate and prioritize network flow and applications while assigning users and devices to specific service classes. These capabilities prevent secondary programs from consuming too much bandwidth and allow organizations to maintain reliability.

Better Data Management Through IoT-Optimized Infrastructure

Another crucial component IoT-optimized mobile infrastructure must address is the massive amounts of real-time data being collected and managed. Many companies have already found the cloud to be necessary for managing the demands of big data, and the same will likely be true for mobile data.

According to VentureBeat, complex event-processing platforms can perform the real-time aggregation and analysis of data produced by smart devices. To keep data management from becoming too cost-prohibitive, many organizations will need to look to public-private cloud partnerships while simultaneously managing security concerns.

Greater Network Scalability

Enterprises must also consider how they will meet mobile and IoT network and data demands as they grow over time. Luckily, the cloud has often been a go-to service to affordably scale processes as needed. The common pay-as-you-go cloud model helps keep costs as low as possible while offering assurance that it can still deliver a reliable and efficient infrastructure to users when demand peaks.

One area cloud providers will still need to address as they work to support IoT-optimized mobile infrastructure is the need for standards and consistency in back-end operations. As cloud providers evolve to meet the needs of a more IoT-centric landscape, enterprises can expect to see standards around interoperability, portability and manageability that aren’t currently available.

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Becky Lawlor

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Becky Lawlor is a freelance technology writer. She develops and writes content on topics such as mobility, cloud services, unified communications, managed services and more.

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