In 2014, Gartner predicted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will thoroughly disrupt the data center. IoT devices generate torrents of data. It is predicated to reach approximately 8.4 billion devices this year. DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “How Data Centers Have Evolved to Support the Internet of Things.”

So where does all that data go? It’s in the best interest of enterprises everywhere to hook those sensors into their existing data centers. But doing so requires some massive bandwidth. This requires a significant investment in data center networking hardware.

In addition to pushing development of more powerful networking hardware, IoT devices will also necessitate more efficient storage mediums. That data needs somewhere to rest after it’s been generated and current data center storage is not up to par.

Security is another major challenge data center operators are facing in the connected world. It is hard to gauge where the biggest threat comes from as we are only beginning to understand the ramifications of a fully connected life.

Melody K. Smith

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