Automating the Internet of Things – Let’s Talk Infrastructure

15064750_l.jpgWhen Gartner released a report in March detailing how the Internet of Things will forever alter how the enterprise retains and leverages data, you probably felt your data center cringe. Maybe you heard your CIO whimper. It’s now estimated that 26 billion units designed to support the IoT will be implemented by 2020. Regardless, big changes are coming to your data storage and they need to be happening from the foundation up. If you forgo focusing on the fundamental infrastructure, your enterprise will feel the ramifications much sooner than 2020.

In a recent article for Dell’s Tech Page One, author Jane Irene Kelly discussed how the key challenges listed in Gartner’s report — security, consumer privacy, storage management, and server technologies, among others—are important facets of data storage and management that ITDMs need to be focusing in on now. But ultimately, what it boils down to is automation, cloud model, and overarching business strategy.

Kelly talked automation with Mason Katz, co-founder and CTO of StackIQ, who was adamant that if the enterprise focuses on automation, big data will feel a lot less big. “‘If you’re already underwater with systems management because of big data, things are only going to get worse if you don’t take action now,’ he says. ‘Stop worrying about optimizing systems. Focus IT resources on developing apps to manage unstructured data.’”

Also featured in the article was Intel IT enterprise architect and technical lead Catherine Spence, who agreed with Katz on the necessity for automation but also emphasized that ITDMs need to be focusing the underlying IoT business model. Systems management will play in imperative role in defining the efficiency of an IoT-era data center. “‘From a provider standpoint, businesses need to decide who will be managing their Internet of Things applications,’ she says. ‘If you decide to take the primary responsibility for managing the data being produced, then you need to be prepared to massively scale out your data center and bring it back again at different times of the day based on how users use devices and applications.’”

We have yet to witness the full effect of the IoT, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare today. Intel has been working for years to develop systems and solutions designed to ease the transition into the IoT. In a world of ultimate connectivity, we’re always looking for end-to-end ways of making IoT architecture as efficient and effective as possible.

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