Immense growth in number of internet enable devices has resulted in the development of the new concept popularly known as Internet of Things (IoT). These gadgets include smart phones, and other smart devices such as wearable devices, e- vending machines, and implants among others. 

Amazing Growth of IoT

Thanks to the exponential growth in number of gadgets under the category of Internet of Things, which has already surpassed human population on the planet earth the digital environment will touch data of 44 trillion Gigabytes by 2020. 

In terms of revenue generation, Internet of Things will be responsible for the market value of $ 14.4 trillion by 2020. This has already encouraged a multitude of organizations to create gadgets that are developed by using software defined technologies. The internet enabled widgets and associated management applications have been already made available across global markets. 

It is obvious that a mammoth growth in number of internet enabled devices is bound to exert an unprecedented pressure on efficiencies of data centers. This can also result in issues related to accessibility for most of the client organizations. This underlines immediate need for data centers to enhance their abilities to meet challenges of growing data processing requirements. 

Impact of IoT on Existing Facilities

In order to appreciate role of IoT in shaping up of new technologies, we need to enhance our understanding about the new paradigm. Internet of Things is an integrated network of physical gadgets that are built with technology for measuring or sensing the environmental parameters and subsequently storage and transmission of the data via a network such as Internet. 

These devices can also be programmed to initiate certain actions on the basis of available data such as a wearable device that is programmed to send alerts about abnormal health parameters. We can also witness IoT in action by appreciating presence of wearable devices, air conditioners, refrigerators, and smart homes. 

Usually the gadgets with such capabilities are known as smart devices because these facilitate us to take smarter decisions with availability of real time access to information. 

Internet of Things highlights increased demand for storage and processing of huge volumes of data. It also demands more efficient data center facilities and smarter systems that are designed to handle incremental data generation on a large scale. The time is ripe to design plans for scalable systems for future data handling. 

Planning for Future

In view of the large scale data influx that is poised to hit our systems in near future, decision makers in the domain of IT and associated technology need to prioritize data operations. Similarly, data center facilities are required to be prepared for handling greater scales, security requirements, and densities. 

IoT will influence augmentation of the entire technology stack and not just any singular aspect of the infrastructure. The will have to be an upgrading of facilities, networks, system administration, and cabinets among others. In fact, the implications of IoT have already started to be felt by some of the companies. It is the right time to improve capabilities to meet future growth of data generation. 

Transformation of Data Centers

There is a visible effect in terms of data center transformation such as enhanced efficiencies and improved infrastructures as explained below.

Implementing RFID for Real Time Assessment- Data center devices ad equipments can be tagged with RFID to be more responsive and efficient without need for added manpower. This will also mitigate need for human intervention for checking equipment and maintaining inventories.

Adopting Sensors- Sensors help data center administrators monitor a broad spectrum of factors associated with environment to manage demand fluctuations. Use of IoT assisted infrared scanners are also used for monitoring of circuits and cables in real time. 

Enhancing Network Connectivity- Since IoT strives on sound network connectivity, there is a growing demand for direct connectivity by a plethora of clients. 


In response to changing data center needs and need for a resilient and responsive data center facility, organizations are exploring Data Center as a Service (DCaaS).

It is an efficient solution to cater to the needs of enterprises that are not able to define their options or future size of DC facility in the next five years span. It can empower organizations to concentrate on their core competencies with greater cost efficiency. 

IoT has thrown open great opportunities as well as challenges that are sure to impact all organizations at all levels. Data centers must brace themselves to gain a flexible approach while ensuring their infrastructure is able to meet the demand generated by tsunami of IoT. 

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