How we monitor our health, drive our vehicles and optimize our home’s electric needs are just a few aspects of our lives that the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming. It is changing the way we interact with the world around us, and experts estimate it will become an even bigger part of our lives in the very near future.
We hear a lot about this phenomenon from the viewpoint of the individual, small and medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise, but here we’ll explore how data center, cloud and other service providers can prepare for the increasing growth of IoT. In honor of Global IoT Day, which falls annually on April 9, we’re pausing to consider how these service providers at the top of the internet food chain — where the brunt of the IoT’s bandwidth demand will be felt — can get ready for the impending onslaught of data.
Data Center Providers
Gartner predicts that we’ll use 8.4 billion connected “things” this year globally, an increase of 31 percent from 2016. The number is anticipated to jump to 20.4 billion by 2020.
This rise is expected to completely transform the data center market; smaller, highly-automated facilities optimized to better handle machine-to-machine (M2M) workloads and analytics will pop up near the edge of the network, this Data Center Frontier article reports. Micro, modular, edge and variable resiliency data centers are part of the solution that data center providers are offering. MarketsandMarkets estimated that the micro data center market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2015 to $6.3 billion by 2020 thanks to IoT-driven growth in the network edge.
The influx of new data will force many data center operators to upgrade WANs and LANs, as well as their data management, security and analytics practices. The increased strain on networks is also causing CapEx/OpEx concerns, leading facility operators to turn to green technology.
XKL’s eVolocity platform, addresses the questions the IoT is raising for data center providers by allowing them to allocate bandwidth on demand and run at true line rates, so they’re always prepared to provide the capacity customers require. In addition, our DarkStar 100G products keep power consumption low and can be seamlessly integrated into 10G networks.
Cloud Service Providers
By 2019, service provider platforms will host more than 90 percent of all the zettabytes of data produced by the IoT, IDC predicts. The cloud is the foundation of the IoT, and there are a host of considerations for cloud providers creating IoT-ready platforms, including scalability, the ease of big data migration, control and security.
Our eVolocity solution offers interface and path protection that automatically switches client traffic to a protected route when necessary. For XKL, flexibility and control are vital, so our technology ensures that network administrators are in control of line utilization and network deployment.
In addition, our FlexArc solution supports quick provisioning and enables rapid scalability of critical network infrastructure on an as-needed basis. It’s designed to help customers easily grow their networks.
Carriers and Enterprises
For carriers and enterprises, scalability and network management is key when considering IoT. With bandwidth needs constantly in flux and capacity planning a moving target, it’s important to invest in flexible hardware that will stay relevant throughout its lifetime.
Unfortunately, large service providers often increase costs, complexity, power and latency by relying on optical transport equipment that adds layers of overhead to customer transaction time — not ideal for IoT networks! Enterprises also have choices to make in their requirements of their networks. Compact transport systems with low overhead and low latency are making advancements on these networks. XKL’s own compact systems rely on system-level thinking to move customer data more efficiently.
eVolocity’s statistical multiplexing intelligently aggregates traffic to maximize channel efficiency — ensuring your network is not wasting bandwidth. The platform also allows network administrators to soft-assign a class or priority level to each client port and to add capacity as needed.
Large wireless carriers are taking major steps to prepare for the IoT, such as building new cell towers solely for IoT data. Service providers are considering the optical backbone of their networks in their efforts to prepare for this phenomenon; now is the time to optimize your bandwidth management!
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