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Preparing for the Internet of Things: Assessing the Impact on Your Datacenters and Edge IT Sites

Preparing for the Internet of Things: Assessing the Impact on Your Datacenters and Edge IT Sites

This IDC study analyzes the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on organizations' datacenter assets and operations and discusses the key use profiles that will shape deployments of IT assets at organizations' edge locations. It also examines the importance of effective use of hosted private and public cloud facilities to support long-term archiving and real-time analysis required in advanced IoT services. The rapid expansion in the use of Internet of Things will be a major driver of technology investment in the coming decade. While acquisition and deployment of sensors and intelligent systems will receive much of the attention, those endpoints are of minimal value if there isn't an equal investment in IoT platform services residing in datacenters. This study provides guidance to CIOs and their business unit partners on the most important considerations that they must address to ensure their remote site and datacenter IT assets are ready to support the creation and use of IoT services.

"IoT will emerge as the leading driver of new compute/storage deployment at the edge, countering the branch/remote office consolidation trend of the past decade. The most challenging consequence of this return to the edge is the growing likelihood that you will have suppliers that want to deploy their IoT aggregation points at your location while you will be attempting to do the same thing at your customers' locations. Improving asset management and network security must be a high priority." — Richard Villars, VP, Datacenter & Cloud

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
IoT and Datacenter Consumption
IoT Services Architectural Profiles
Two-Tier IoT
Three-Tier IoT
Future Outlook
Impact of IoT Service on Your Server and Storage Assets at the Edge
Impact of IoT Service on Server and Storage Assets in Your Datacenters
Impact of Three-Tier IoT on Your Edge and Datacenter Requirements
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
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Related Research
Table: Internet of Things Infrastructure Consumption at Central Facilities by Maturity Level
Figure: IoT Service Profiles: Basic Data Collection
Figure: IoT Service Profiles: Smart User Experience
Figure: IoT Service Profiles: Dispersed Internet of Things
Figure: IoT Service Profiles: Distributed Internet of Things

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