Executive Viewpoint 2016 Prediction: Midokura

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By working with the leading OpenStack distributions and converged infrastructures, we at Midokura sit at a unique vantage point to look over the horizon and report on what’s to come. Here are our predictions for 2016 and beyond, specifically in the Internet of Things and in regards to the overall state of networking:

Connected Devices will Drive Networking

According to the research firm Gartner, there will be 26 billion connected devices that aren’t PCs or phones in the world by 2020, up from less than one billion in 2009. Coined as the Internet of Things (or IoT) by analysts, up to 26 billion connected devices, ranging from appliances, cars, machines and objects, will be communicating wirelessly and transmitting enormous amounts of data from diverse places on the planet with zero lag time.

The volume of data generated at such high velocity needs to be aggregated, stored and processed at a similar high velocity, which requires thick pipes for data transport. Data from each connected device would constantly transmit and send data through the network to another destination for aggregation and analysis.

For example, a part that goes into a bigger piece of machinery, such as an automobile, can report status frequently on parameters including health, wear and tear. This means that a failing part could potentially request for a replacement from the factory without human intervention.

As more infrastructure and networks become software-defined and the physical restrictions to building and scaling networks are removed, more and more connected devices can be added to networks without compromising performance. The steady stream of data collected from these devices, and their transportation over the network for monitoring and analysis by computer farms will eventually reach an unfathomable capacity.

Smarter Cities will Drive Connectivity

Municipal WiFi is just starting to take off in major cities across the US and other countries. More and more municipalities are expected to provided free WiFi services to residents and local businesses. An added benefit is having municipal network that can support sensors in public services, such as traffic meters, water meters, cameras and parking spots. Data can be transmitted wirelessly from various locations back to a central data center for aggregation and analysis, which means fat pipes are needed for transport.

While there are only a few wired cities today, the potential is enormous for many others to join in the very near future.

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2016/01/11/executive-viewpoint-2016-prediction-midokura#ixzz3xCR5x6xc

— Originally published on Virtual Strategy Magazine

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