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How Will the Internet of Things Affect Data Centers?

Ben Gonyea
May 28, 2014

The last few years have seen an incredible amount of growth as it relates to data around the world. Through 2015, data center traffic in the cloud is expected to grow fivefold to 5.3 zetabytes. In addition, as more and more mobile devices make their way into the market, increased bandwidth and data needs mean more stress on data centers.

But according to research firm Gartner, that’s not all. The Internet of Things (IoT), a name for the many devices other than traditional smartphones, from washing machines to watches, connected to the Internet, is likely to have an enormous impact on the world of data centers.

In a new Gartner report, Gartner estimates that the IoT will include 26 billion units installed by 2020, and by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services. Per their analysis, this growth is going to have such an impact on the world of data centers because of the large amounts of data that come with an increasingly larger network of mobile devices.

As Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, notes, “IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analyzed in real time. Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges.”

This massive new network will bring increased focus on everything from security to server technologies for data center services providers. It’s likely that the multitude of devices present in the IoT will create new security issues that data centers will need to be aware of. Similarly, data center services providers will also need to invest in new server technologies in key verticals where the IoT “can be profitable or add significant value.”

All across the board, the robust network necessitated by the Internet of Things will mean that data center services providers—like us here at Telx—will need to run full speed ahead to meet consumer demands. While you can find more info about the increased strain on data centers from the IoT in the report, here at Telx, we are well aware of the increased and changing needs that come along with the incoming Internet of Things.

Our industry leading data centers are not just there for show. We’ve invested so much in all of our data centers to handle the many needs of all of our customers, from those invested in the Internet of Things, to media providers, to multinational businesses. In all cases, companies of all types need the best from their data center services provider. At Telx, that’s exactly what we offer.

If you’d like to learn more about what Telx is doing to meet the requirements that come along with a bigger and bigger Internet of Things, we’d love to help. You can connect with us through the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter.

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