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For decades now, we have used technology to bring people closer together. Whether it is governments to their constituents, businesses to their customers, or clinicians to patients; technology has been the binding force. The market has engineered products and solutions to enable these associations, and we have architected and built our networks and systems around this principle.
However there is a change coming that will see many of these principles made redundant, to be replaced with new solutions to solve new challenges. This has been born from the rise of the machines, where instead of just connecting people, machines are now bridging to other machines. And where limitations existed on the number of people that could be connected, there is no upper limit to how many machines can be linked.
"The Internet of Things is an all-pervasive force that is acting on the market at the moment," says Matt Oostveen, chief technology officer for Asia Pacific & Japan, VCE, the EMC Converged Platforms Division of EMC. "CIOs are cognisant of this, but need to prepare their organisations both structurally and technologically to capture the opportunity and meet rising customer and organisational demand."
Sensors, drones, robots and more will be joining to our networks, each producing data, whether small or large. As each year passes, IoT adoption accelerates, with billions of Internet-connected devices collecting and transmitting data every second, increasing the risks around scale, storage and security, and throwing the corporate data centre into disarray. This necessitates a change in our datacentre strategy.
"In the last few years there has been growth in information being put into public clouds, but embracing the public cloud as an absolute strategy won't be feasible in future," Oostveen remarks. This concept was called out by IDC in their annual predictions where the research firm stated that by 2018 IoT will push 30% of IT assets to edge locations and micro-data centres.
Server, storage and network capacity must be fully flexible, scalable, and able to seamlessly interconnect with multiple pools of resources. And it also must be fast and efficient embracing all the characteristics of the modern data centre where resources are software defined, utilising flash technology, built on the principles of the cloud, and capable of scaling-out to massive capacities.
A cornerstone of the modern data centre is converged infrastructure - a technology that integrates improved computing, storage and networking resources within one pre-tested bundle to better support IT operations. Growing demands for more sophisticated technology deployments have fuelled growth in the converged infrastructures market, and Gartner forecasts spending on converged systems to increase at 19 per cent year-on-year, to reach $20.4b by 2019, representing nearly a quarter (22.6%) of data centre investments by that time.
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