Most businesses have probably heard of the Internet of Things and have at least some semblance of an idea of what it is and how it works. But they may be wondering just how it will impact their specific business. How will it fit inside their IT infrastructure? More importantly, what challenges will it create at their organizations? Because IoT is projected to be one of the top tech trends of the upcoming year, these are incredibly important questions to ask, and have actually generated some fear among business leaders.
The Internet of Things allows objects that aren't traditionally associated with communication to connect to the network, collect data and send it to a virtual environment — likely in the cloud. Its purpose is to give organizations new valuable insights into their operations and increase communication and collaboration. If objects used to facilitate daily tasks can collect, process and store data, businesses can significantly improve their information management processes.
But consider the strength of the current network and IT infrastructure. Chances are, many organizations are already putting that to the limit. If they suddenly give more devices access to their networks, what will that do to bandwidth?
"As these trends gain popularity and deployments increase, IT architects often worry about increased activity on already taxed infrastructures," writes Michael Bushong, a contributor at Sys-Con Media.
Making the IoT work won't be easy, but it can be done with the help of VARs and MSPs who can offer the products and services needed to optimize infrastructures. As this trend grows, these organizations should reach out to VAR Staffing to help identify and recruit the professionals who can manage this effort.