Data Centres Gearing up to Harness IoT Technologies

By Dan Scarbrough--Dan has an intimate understanding of the technology, business and investment drivers of the data centre market and is an unofficial adviser to many organisations on key trends and developments occurring in the industry. He has spoken extensively at DatacenterDynamics events on global and regional trends impacting the industry.


After including IoT in the infrastructure, data will come from a multitude of sensors driving the need for more bandwidth. For example, in IoT applications like automated driving and logistics, huge amounts of sensor data are constantly being sent, received and analyzed by systems in the vehicle and data centre. Once driverless cars become practical, data centre networks will need to transmit the data in near real-time to manage traffic flow and prevent collisions.

Data centre providers also have to provide highly reliable and low-latency networks to optimized IoT traffic and if not done it will have immense effect. For example, imagine if a patient whose vital signs are being constantly monitored by remote hospital staff could end up in a life-threatening situation if information cannot travel across the network in a reliable and timely manner. And not to forget healthcare sector is one of an important vertical in IoT adoption.

Robust security

In IoT technologies, tremendous amount of highly sensitive and personal data is being interchanged every day, which in turn present a number of security risks that could be exploited to harm both businesses and consumers. This data might include financial transactions, personal records, and corporate data that is often business critical and confidential. According to some web application security, IoT and smart home technologies are the most vulnerable technologies to attacks. This clearly indicates that security cannot be underestimated and data centre providers needs to maintain a robust infrastructure to protect the data.

It is thus very important for the data centre operators to properly design the security landscape to deal with the ever-growing range of cyber threats by in-depth defense for the network, servers, applications and end-points encryption. The security solution needs to be agile and should support automatic provisioning and deployment across the data centre.

Thus, it is vital for data centre operators to have proper planning and expansion plans in place to maintain an even workload caused due to growth in IoT technologies. They should in fact have started thinking about the best approach to optimise and innovate their infrastructure.



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