The world of technology is changing exponentially around us, and more of us are participating in this evolution than ever before. I am referring to the growth of Internet Of Things (IOT) in our everyday lives. IOT is defined as a network of physical objects and devices that are embedded with electronics, sensors and network connectivity which enables these objects to collect and or exchange data.
According to Gartner Research, as of late 2017, 6.4 billion connected “things” have been added to the technology environment and are estimated to grow to over 26 billion devices by 2020. These devices can be found in sectors all over the economy including our homes, automobiles, work place and entertainment venues.
It is the growth of the consumer product sector that has been most noticeable to analysts in the industry. IOT devices are being integrated with everyday technologies such as our smartphones, smart watches and the numerous health and fitness trackers being worn by the masses.
According to Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, “These IOT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analyzed in real time.” This influx of data processing is expected to move larger data centers to a more local and edge of network connectivity experience. This Edge of Network (EON) data processing allows for the processing of information and reaction of complex sensors at or near “real time” expectations.
Carrier dense data centers, like RACK59, are poised to offer valuable colocation space for IOT developers. The servers, storage and software applications required to manage these devices have increased the need for EON data centers who can offer access to affordable bandwidth necessary to run these connected devices.
If your company or organization is developing applications, sensors or environments to manage IOT devices, drop us a call and schedule a tour to see how RACK59 colocation solutions can help support your IOT project.