As companies are becoming more aware of how they can collect and use data to their advantage, they are constantly working to improve the ways in which they store, preserve and then manage it as a business-critical asset. Yet they are always fighting to stay ahead of the curve and keep up with the vast amounts of data being produced every second. With growing numbers of devices set to go online as the much-hyped “Internet of Things” develops, big data will only get much, much bigger. It is vital therefore that organisations ensure data management is at the top of the agenda.
According to a new report from Gartner, the way that companies respond to the rise of the Internet of Things will utterly transform the way a modern data centre looks, works and connects to the rest of the world.
The report shows that by 2020 some 26 billion units will be incorporated into the Internet of Things. That’s nearly four connected devices for every person on the planet, so it is unsurprising it will generate huge revenues for providers. In fact, product and service suppliers will see incremental revenue upwards of $300 billion (£180 billion), the majority of which will be in services.
Of course, such a large number of devices will generate massive amounts of data that needs to be captured, stored and analysed, meaning that data centres in businesses will have their work cut out to manage their growing workloads.
As a result, Gartner has identified a number of significant challenges that organisations will have to tackle to cope with the Internet of Things. It may go without saying that cybersecurity will remain high on the list as potential threats become more complicated. However, business processes will develop so that this data needs to be easily accessible to more people while consumers demand their personal information is protected.
At the same time, finding capacity to store huge amounts of information will be a top priority, as well as making sure the right servers are available - especially products that are targeted at key industries making heavy use of the Internet of Things. Crucially, all of these operations will need to be supported by sufficient bandwidth.
"The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer volume, velocity and structure of Internet of Things 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," says Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Joe Skorupa.