The Internet of Things, commonly abbreviated “IoT,” produces exceptional advantages, but these come with IoT-specific requirements which can quickly get complicated, depending on how a business plans to put to utilize IoT. Understanding why requires taking a closer look at IoT applications and how they work.
IoT devices collect data and they use the Internet to upload it into an array of servers designed to process big data. IoT devices are getting smaller and smaller year after year. And the number of applications is growing rapidly year after year. From smartphones to smart thermostats, smart cars, smart watches, LED lighting, garage door openers, navigational applications, and more, there are quite a few areas where IoT applications can be used to collect and process data, as well as help inform decisions.
Consider IoT applications on supply routes. In a city like LA, which constitutes 502 square miles of urban jungle, there are going to be transit routes which are commonly more congested than others. Certain streets are almost continuously a parking lot— except for specific times of the day or night. With IoT, routes can be examined in real time, and the most cost-effective and expedient options can be specified. Devices sending information to computer clusters provide them with massive data sets which can be used to identify trends with increasing accuracy over time. Imagine one street’s data being cataloged for a year on an hourly basis. With real accuracy, it can then be determined whether that street constitutes a cost-effective route for delivery, or whether it can be avoided.
The same kind of streamlined operation can be put into play in manufacturing scenarios. Machines on the assembly line can be monitored and maintained proactively, increasing their service life and making such investments more effective.
When you’re looking for a managed service provider to help maintain your Internet of Things applications, there are several features you want to take into account. These include:
• Cloud Computing Storage Solutions
• Network Support
• Proactive Monitoring and Support
• Disaster Recovery
• Cyber Security
• Internet Content Filter
Cloud computing applications facilitate IoT applications in an integral way. Ensuring such cloud computing works as it should requires proactive support and monitoring, and that goes double for more normalized business transactions. Packaged in with that is network support. When things go wrong, you need a proactive cloud-savvy solution that can help you recover your operations. Cyber security helps prevent such disasters, and Internet content filters can help ensure systems aren’t clogged with information that is unnecessary to operations. For all these things, one of the wisest solutions is using an MSP provider that understands the atmosphere, and can manage these burgeoning, cutting-edge tech solutions.
All this data is sent to computer storage solutions, and these servers often have to process trillions of files that are very small. The storage and processing of these files mustn’t impact performance, or IoT advantages are curtailed. On the other side of that coin, there are files which are much larger and require continuous streaming. Now, this predicates high bandwidth. So, storage and processing of the small and large files usually requires separate solutions. A Hadoop cluster is often used. Basically, a Hadoop solution converts large files into manageable chunks that are spread across a given cluster.
Differing Internet of Things storage and processing requirements are going to require differing storage and processing solutions to be properly effective. This gets very complicated depending on what the data is and what it will be used for. An increasing factor in this complicated process is the common need for organizations to store both kinds of data, process it, and utilize it on a simultaneous basis.
Retaining such continuity requires concerted management. Certainly, there’s a point at which functionality reaches a “cruising altitude” that doesn’t require such concerted management. But even at cruising altitude, an airline still needs a pilot. In this analogy, the plane is the business, and the pilot is the IT services provider ensuring the aircraft gets from point “A” to point “B” safely.