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This is the third piece in a three-part series about The Internet of Things and how it connects to almost everything. We continue here by looking at the bond between the Internet of Things (IOT) and infrastructure.

Long ago, before we evolved to the first smartphone or BlackBerry, when we first wanted to send emails on the go we used flip phones. For music on-the-go, we had to upgrade several times from record players, to 8-tracks, Walkmans, Discmans, and iPods. Now, as we continue to evolve into better communication, to properly leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) we need to look at how existing IT environments should evolve.

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IoT Means Big Data, Data Storage, and The Cloud

In the first blog in our series, The Internet of Things and Big Data, we reviewed how predicting buyer behavior and trends through IoT will become even more accurate and achievable. With expansive amounts of data gathered on a global scale, an organization’s reliance on cloud computing for data storage will grow. With data being generated from more employees, more clients, and ultimately more devices, utilizing cloud services for storage and data analysis makes sense.

InfoWorld believes that the cloud is what enables IoT with the ability to connect devices, gather and analyze massive amounts of data. A robust cloud computing strategy will be needed to manage the influx of data brought on by IoT.

Long-Term IoT

Technical hurdles will be encountered if IoT lives up to expectations. Alfonso Velosa, research director at Gartner, explains, “Many standards and ecosystems for the IoT are still in development and some of the vendors and ecosystems may fail during the working lifetime of current IoT projects… CIOs will need to ensure their prime system integrator has a strategy to future-proof their project. This is especially critical if the project involves infrastructure that may be in the field for decades. To account for long-lasting infrastructures, which can grow alongside IoT, organizations need to build models that can adopt as the future approaches. 

Supporting IoT

In addition to continuously updating more general systems and security procedures, IT teams must learn new techniques to accommodate, track, and support numerous devices. The Internet of Things will speed up communications and create an influx of support needs that IT teams must address quickly. To ensure that user behavior is acceptable, and in line with security policies, IT Admins must increase remote support capabilities and tracking. As organizations transform information across more and more devices and increase endpoints, creating support systems for IoT is necessary.

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Philip DesAutels, Xively's vice president of technology, and researcher for the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT, says, "If you have 200,000 devices you are tracking, plus the time stamps of data and the transactional data of who did what when, you are in the terabytes of data category, so we see the analytics being done in the cloud." Without the right support on these devices, the data gathered could get lost or increase the chances of a breach, making strategic support a mandatory part of the overall strategy.

To make the most of the Internet of Things, you may need to update systems, storage, and support. IBM asks that you strategize now, to handle IoT in the future. Be prepared for upcoming changes with IBM technologies and support experts that are ready to boost your IoT experience and safely handle more meaningful data.

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Written by IBM BP Network