IoT on the edge

The world of technology is changing exponentially around us, and more of us are participating in this evolution than ever before. Our personal and business devices such as phones, watches and vehicles are constantly feeding information and data to ever growing networks. The growth of the Internet Of Things in our everyday lives, or “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, workplace 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, smartwatches 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, can offer valuable infrastructure and connectivity for IOT developers. The servers, storage and software applications required to manage these remote devices have increased the need for EON data centers who can offer access to affordable and plentiful bandwidth options vitally necessary to operate 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 a RACK59 colocation solution can help support your IoT project.