Internet of Things threatens to overwhelm data centers, open security holes

The Internet of Things will overtax data centers and open up the enterprise to greater security risks, warns Gartner.

The research firm predicts that there will be 26 billion IoT devices installed by 2020, and IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue of more than $300 billion by then.

These devices will help enterprises track remote assets and integrate them into new and existing processes. They will provide real-time information on asset status, location and functionality that will improve asset utilization and productivity and aid decision making. But these benefits will come at a price, warns Gartner.

"The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer volume, velocity and structure of IoT data, creates challenges, particularly in the areas of security, data, storage management, servers and the data center network, as real-time business processes are at stake. Data center managers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management in these areas to be able to proactively meet the business priorities associated with IoT," says Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

In terms of security, the data transfers from many devices deployed remotely will make securing those devices and data a complex challenge for enterprises. This will have an "impact on availability requirements, which are also expected to increase, putting real-time business processes and, potentially, personal safety at risk," says Gartner.

When it comes to data center networking, the existing wide area network links are not equipped to handle the data flows that will be generated by IoT devices, judges Gartner. To handle these flows, enterprises will need to adopt distributed data center management approaches.

"The recent trend to centralize applications to reduce costs and increase security is incompatible with the IoT. Organizations will be forced to aggregate data in multiple distributed mini data centers where initial processing can occur. Relevant data will then be forwarded to a central site for additional processing," concludes Skorupa.

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