The Internet of Things (IoT) has been highlighted as becoming an important issue for data centres across the globe.
With increasing levels of data being produced by items incorporating IoT, businesses will have to respond to this massive growth in information or face the prospect of data centres being overworked.
IoT relates to the installation of data-producing identifiers and chips within everyday objects and has the potential to transform the way technology is integrated in the home and business landscape.
A drawback of this integration though could be the massive growth in data being produced and if businesses wish to be able to harness this information it may require a rethink of how data centres are set up.
Technologies such as near-field communication, barcodes, QR codes and digital watermarkings are examples of the rollout of IoT over recent years.
Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, stated data management and an investment in new means of storing and analysing information will be required to offset this significant influx of information.
“The recent trend to centralise applications to reduce costs and increase security is incompatible with the IoT,” Mr Skorupa added.
“Organisations will be forced to aggregate data in multiple distributed mini data centres where initial processing can occur. Relevant data will then be forwarded to a central site for additional processing.”
Gartner’s research highlighted the main areas where data centres could face challenges over the coming years, including security for the transfer of information from IoT devices, significant data growth that potentially swamps systems, storage management, a need for new server technologies to better enable the analysis of massed quantities of information and finally bandwidth issues that could limit the timely transfer of data.
Overall, investment in network solutions will be required if firms are to leverage the benefits of this form of big data, but with IoT increasingly commonplace in devices it is an issue businesses will want to address in the near future.
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