C-level briefing: Two data centre operators predict an IOT storm and warn users to get their set up right now.

For several years we've been told that the cloud lives in a data centre. Now it is the turn of IoT. Where else will the massive data workloads in need of real-time processing and crucial security measures to avoid catastrophic cyber attacks reside? 

It is accepted that the operational pressure data centres are under will increase as intelligent connected devices produce more data at huge volumes. Storage management, server technology, networks, security, and operational efficiency are being challenged as the IoT kicks in.

First the IoT brings with it the need for facilities of different sizes. Size, says Gartner, does matter when it comes to data centres, and smaller edge data centres will be key.

We can expect to see the 'standard mothership' data centres continue to exist but the emergence of edge data centres and distribution data centres is only set to accelerate. At the edge these data centres assume an important role, as SQL-based management platforms and analytic tools fail to handle the amount of data that the IoT will deliver.

So said Ed Healy, CEO at data centre management company RF Code. Mr Healy believes this is being experienced today and leading providers of IoT management platforms for the data centre are developing solutions to address this.

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