Internet of Things Readiness and Micro Data Centers

Internet of Things

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The Implications of the Internet of Things (IoT): Micro Data Centers

Today, data is being used to drive greater efficiency into our municipal services, such as waste and energy management, law enforcement, transportation, and traffic control.

What’s more, citizens are interacting with these services using their connected smartphones and wearable devices. These devices will also interact with each other—machine-to-machine learning—and the data derived from all of these connected devices will not only be used to deliver services more efficiently, it will be used to deliver new services that improve the lives of citizens.

Underpinning smart cities and similar initiatives—such as more streamlined business and manufacturing processes—is the Internet of Things (IoT). What’s driving these and other IoT initiatives? According to some experts, “the cost of connectivity has declined while new ways of analyzing large amounts of data have been developed.”1

Within today’s smart cities, the IoT enables more efficient use of resources, improvements to services and safety, and a greater sense of connectedness.

Rethinking data centers to accommodate the Internet of Things (IoT): Edge computing

Reaping the rewards of the IoT requires more than just plugging devices into the Internet. Today’s data centers will need to quickly evolve to meet the need for a diverse set of rapidly connecting devices—or computing at the edge—via an IoT platform. According to Idris Jahn, Principal Consultant for Middleware and Data Interoperability at IoTUK:

“Networks must be optimised for different data types and strategies. Considerations around interoperability, privacy and trust in sharing data are essential. Data platforms need to be able to handle both static and streaming data and integrate with disparate data sets. As such, data centres will need to be smarter and more flexible than today’s server farms. A new generation of people with the right skills must be nurtured and above all, this vast new network must be highly secure, if it is to win the trust of businesses and consumers.”2

IO and IoT: Data centers “anywhere” via self-contained micro modular data centers

To meet the needs of an increasingly connected world of devices, we at IO believe that we will soon see the rise of centralized mega data centers with many smaller micro data centers at the edge where many of the IoT devices will reside.

These “micro data centers” will be driven by software and analytics, and enable new services that are not available today by reducing latency. They could reside next to a power substation, at the edge, in locations that have not traditionally been business markets for data centers. This unique differentiator solves the problems of last mile latency and flips it on its head; a concept we call “The First Compute Mile.”

The fact is that companies everywhere—regardless of their size, location, or industry—are preparing to reap the potential rewards of IoT while overcoming security, privacy, and latency challenges associated with the Internet of Things. Where is your company positioned?

To learn more, download IOT: Risk or Reward? to see how your concerns and expectations compare with those of the UK business leaders that were surveyed.


1 Butler, Robert J. & Irving Lachow, “Smart City Effective Partnership,” currently under review.

2 “IoT: Risk or Reward,” a research report by OnePoll and commissioned by IO and Webroot, 2016.