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The Internet of Things is Coming, Is Your Data Center Ready?

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on August 4, 2014

If your head is spinning while trying to take in the full scope of the Internet of Things (IoT), you’re not alone. IoT is about the billions of devices, systems, and services that will be connected to the Internet in the future.

This IoT future is coming as soon as 2020 according to Gartner and will include 20 billion units that will need to connect to data centers throughout the world. According to Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, "IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analyzed in real time. Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges.”

The Internet of Things will allow remote units to stream data back to centralized management systems in data centers throughout the world. This real-time data will allow companies to collect information on location, status, functionality and more.

According to Joe Skorupa, vice president at Gartner, "The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer volume, velocity and structure of IoT data, creates challenges, particularly in the areas of security, data, storage management, servers and the data center network, as real-time business processes are at stake. Data center managers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management in these areas to be able to proactively meet the business priorities associated with IoT."

As this data flows from a myriad of devices, data centers will need to be prepared. Along with challenges with security, additional infrastructure will need to be created to handle the load.

Storage and infrastructure

The demand for storage will increase significantly as more data arrives. Companies need to start planning now to make sure they have storage and infrastructure in place to use this data in a cost-effective way.

Computing power

As the amount of data increases, the need for computing power will grow. As a result, server density will increase, requiring data centers that can handle the increased power density and cooling requirements.

Internet bandwidth

Internet bandwidth is also going to be a potential problem. Existing WAN links for data centers accommodate their current bandwidth requirements created by the human interactions with their applications. IoT will transfer substantially more data and greatly increase the inbound data requirements for the data center.

According to Mr. Biscotti, “Data center operations and providers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management platforms that can include a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system approach of aligning IT and operational technology (OT) standards and communications protocols to be able to proactively provide the production facility to process the IoT data points based on the priorities and the business needs.”


The Internet of Things is coming soon and data centers worldwide will need to be ready. Whether it’s higher density servers, increased storage capacity, or more internet bandwidth, companies and data centers need to start planning now.

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