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Gartner: IoT to transform the data centre

Internet of things to bring in severe challenges for data centre managers.

Gartner: IoT to transform the data centre
Gartner estimates that the internet of things will include 26 billion units installed by 2020

The internet of things (IoT) could potentially transform the data centre market, its customers, technology providers, and technologies, according to Gartner.

By Gartner's definition, the IoT connects remote assets and provides a data stream between the asset and centralised management systems. These assets can then be integrated into new and existing organisational processes to provide information on status, location, functionality and so on.

In a statement, Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, said that uptake of IoT technologies will fundamentally change the way that people think about their infrastructures.

"IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analysed in real time," he said.

"Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centres, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges."

Real-time information is a key trait of the IoT wave, Gartner said, as it enables more accurate understanding of status, and it enhances utilisation and productivity through optimised usage and more accurate decision support.

However, organisations face severe challenges in the data centre when it comes to the amount of data that will be created and transmitted by IoT assets.

"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 centre network, as real-time business processes are at stake," said Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

"Data centre 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." 

Despite the challenges ahead, Gartner predicts that the IoT trend is certainly on the up. The research house estimated that the IoT will include 26 billion units installed by 2020. By that time, Gartner added, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services.

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