IoT is Here, Is Your Network Ready?
We all recognize hype around the ‘Internet of Things’ is being driven, in part, by corporate PR and
advertising budgets. But if we move beyond the media and vendor self-interest, what practical use cases are there for IoT, and what is the impact of IoT on the network, in this hyper-connected world?
Let’s start with a common sense definition of IoT. According to Zeus Kerravala, industry expert and principal analyst at ZK Research, IoT is “the people, processes, data and analytics and the experience created by all of these things.” Like the Internet, Kerravala sees a day when IoT is so seamlessly integrated into the fabric of our lives that we don’t even notice how profoundly it has changed how we work, learn, play and live.
From connected homes to wearable technology, to industrial Ethernet to smart cities, to connected cars to retail engagement, IoT will impact business on a large scope and at an accelerated pace. Research shows that the IoT is estimated to deliver $19 trillion in economic value in the next 10 years.
“Like it or not, the transition of IoT is well underway and it will have a bigger impact than the Internet. Companies that didn’t embrace the Internet struggle to survive; companies that don’t embrace the IoT won’t survive,”said Kerravala, guest expert of our recent webinar,
The IoT promises to deliver lower costs to companies as a result of the automation of processes. On the webcast, Kerravala points out how BC Hydro has saved $330 million in meter reading costs and $224 million from self-service tools as a result of their investment in smart meters. However before companies can reap the benefits, they must evolve their network to handle IoT.
According to Kerravala, “The network is the foundation for and the strategic enabler of IoT and in this era of IoT the evaluation of network criteria for infrastructures must be different than it was in the past.” Requirements such as unified management, 24×7 availability, visibility and analytics must be considered. Kerravala recommends that companies choose a network vendor that meets IoT criteria first and then make a decision based on that to ensure they won’t have to swap out their network in a year. “You don’t want to be inhibited by a short-sighted infrastructure decision,” he warns.
Now available on-demand, How to Optimize Your Network Experience Amidst New Devices and the Internet of Things, will help you to discover:
- What IT leaders interested in IoT need to know
- The drivers and benefits of IoT
- How companies can save money and optimize resources with IoT
- The mandatory components for building a network for IoT
- Security concerns
- Wired/wireless network and SDN-related considerations
You will also hear the answers to specific questions that are on the minds of IT leaders, such as:
- With user devices driven by IoT getting onto the network, should IT networking/security roles be concerned?
- Does IoT really need the Gig throughput associated with .11ac?
- What kind of training will Network Managers need in order to keep up to date with this new technology?
- How do I proceed beyond the basics of IoT? What can I do to start working on actual PoC?
- How do I position IoT to a skeptical CFO?
If you are an IT leader who is responsible for the investigation of this space, watch How to Optimize Your Network Experience Amidst New Devices and the Internet of Things today!