Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Voices of the Industry.

You’ve heard a lot about the Internet of Things and how mountains of data will soon overwhelm your servers, networks, and data centers. Numbers like 50 billion+ connected devices have been thrown around, causing many to wonder how all these devices with all their data will be accommodated once connected to the Internet. Like road construction of our freeways, bridges and toll ways, we will no doubt need to add more “lanes” of capacity to our data centers as more data crosses the network each year.   The tsunami of data, with all these new connected devices, is no doubt coming. Data centers will be called upon to increase their capacity by increasing data pipes and the density of servers to make greater use of existing resources. They will also need to become more efficient and autonomous to maintain a high standard of reliability and uptime.   Servers and routers will need to be more carefully monitored for available space and capacity. Capacity planning tools, inventory management systems, and electronically enabled power and cooling systems will all need to be optimized or upgraded to achieve higher output and efficiencies.

Why More Data Now?

Electronic and physical devices are now capable of generating massive amounts of information, quickly. This data may be critical in life-saving situations such as medical equipment in a hospital or military devices and applications on a battlefield. Data has become the lifeblood of modern society. It is an inescapable reality of the connected world that we live in.  Data also comes from everyday “things.” Many consumer devices such as appliances, wearables, and automobiles generate all kinds of data including status, warnings, sensors, fitness data and on and on. Consumer data can be combined to provide peer feedback, analyze buying patterns or deliver a better shopping experience. The application of data analytics is limitless.

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