Research Shows How IoT is Having an Impact on Infrastructure

A recent study by 451 Research finds that the collection, storage, transport and analysis of IoT data is impacting all aspects of IT infrastructure.

Per the study titled, “Voice of the Enterprise”: IoT – Workloads and Key Projects,” 451 Research found that the massive amounts of data generated from IoT are already having a significant impact on enterprise IT.

Analysts find that 65.6 percent of organizations deploying IoT are planning increases in the following areas over the next 12 months to help manage the data influx:

  • storage capacity (32.4 percent)
  • network edge equipment (30.2 percent)
  • server infrastructure (29.4 percent)

As organizations prepare for an IoT world, there are some obstacles to consider, including data storage and workforce. Regarding data storage, over half of companies initially store and analyze IoT data at a company-owned data center; two-thirds continue this type of storage while one-third move data to the cloud, which gives companies greater flexibility and often significant cost savings over the long term. Per the study, finding skilled workers in IoT – such as data analytics, security, and virtualization capabilities – is a challenge. 

Additionally, other factors to consider for the future (over the next two years) are facilities automation and supply chain management.

What about the massive amounts of data analysis needed? According to Rich Karpinski, Research Director for Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things, “Companies are processing IoT workloads at the edge today to improve security, process real-time operational action triggers, and reduce IoT data storage and transport requirements. While some enterprises say that in the future they will do more analytics – including heavy data processing and analysis driven by big data or AI – at the network edge, for now, that deeper analysis is happening in company-owned datacenters or in the public cloud.”

September 6, 2017


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