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Five ways to beef up your Internet of Things infrastructure

How are IoT trends affecting data centers? From security and storage to data management and even physical location, Internet of Things infrastructure is changing data centers for good.

The Internet of Things presents exciting opportunities for businesses and consumers alike. However, all of this sensor output and machine communication means more traffic to data centers.

Many analysts warn that data center infrastructure cannot scale for the resource demands of the Internet of Things (IoT). Some companies move to the edge to address this problem, deploying small data centers around the globe.

An Internet of Things infrastructure changes data center capacity planning and operations. The promises of IoT are starting to catch up with the reality. Check out these tips, which range from an in-depth explanation to current IoT trends and information about its future.

1. What is the Internet of Things?

A little lost or just need a refresher about this emerging technology trend? Check out this in-depth explainer about IoT. Don't worry, it does include videos.

2. IoT pushes organizations to edge computing

Edge computing seems to be the key to tackling IoT. With data centers distributed more geographically, they can operate networks at a lower latency with high quality, which is crucial for the automatic collection and transmission of IoT data to and from connected devices.

3. Challenges to data center security

IoT trends multiply each year, with billions of Internet-connected devices and sensors collecting and transmitting data. More data and more sharing mean new data center security concerns for IT managers. Since these devices communicating with data centers lack a human overseeing the interaction, the impending increase in scale magnifies risk.

4. Plan for storage demands and network chaos

In addition to security challenges, IoT's rapid development increases storage demands, which can throw a data center into chaos. This feature explains how a new back-end architecture supports the Internet of Things infrastructure, combatting the demands on storage and potential chaos caused by the large number of small data packets taxing servers from multiple sources.

5. Better approach to big data management

The mass quantities of information provided by connected sensors and devices only add to the storage problems caused by big data initiatives. With this data sprawl, data center teams need a disciplined method to catalog, categorize and contain business information to complement their Internet of Things infrastructure.

Austin Allen is the assistant site editor for SearchDataCenter. Follow @DataCenterTT for news and tips on data center IT and facilities.

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This was last published in September 2015

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