Though predictions about overall IoT growth tend to differ from report to report, one thing is clear: IoT growth over the next few years will be massive. In fact, according to Gartner, as many as 25 billion global connected devices will be in use by 2020—an increase of about 30 percent from 2014. With these figures in mind, it is anticipated that IoT growth will lead to several challenges for businesses as they struggle to handle increased network traffic and data volumes.
Such will be the topic at the highly anticipated DatacenterDynamics (DCD) As-A-Service conference in Chicago, October 27-28. This event will bring together business, technology and operations professionals from the cloud, colocation and telecom arenas, and will focus on strategizing for the future of the growing data center industry. On hand to deliver his industry expertise will be Gabe Cole, the newly appointed executive director for the Open-IX Association (OIX), who will sit in on two panel discussions.
The first discussion, “Delivering a Low Latency, Very High Performance Network Fabric to Deal with Soaring Enterprise Data Dissemination Needs,” will take place on Oct. 27 at 10:30 AM and focus on the rising use of bandwidth-intensive applications such as videoconferencing by enterprise businesses, and their impact on existing networks. Mr. Cole will also discuss how OPEN-IX® is enabling open, low latency and high-performance architecture to help overcome today’s data-driven network challenges.
On October 28 at 3 PM, Mr. Cole will again take the stage to join a plenary panel discussion, “Mapping the New Open Data Center Innovation Genome,” along with senior executives from IBM, StackingIT, the Open Compute Project Foundation and other open-source oriented organizations. During the panel, he will discuss the transformation from vendor-led to open-source disaggregated data center and cloud infrastructure environments, and how this transformation will result in faster, more agile and resilient networks. Additionally, Mr. Cole will address the growth and overall mission of OPEN-IX, which develops and promotes open, uniform standards for data centers, among other organizational imperatives.