What does the Internet of Things mean for your databases?

What does the Internet of Things mean for your databases?

Jan 20, 2015


The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken center stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was held January 6-9 in Las Vegas. Could this trend have implications for your data center and Oracle disaster recovery strategies

The IoT refers to a network of devices that can be connected to the Internet in order to transmit data collected through advanced sensor technology. As these gadgets grow in quantity, become more affordable for consumers and tap into a broader range of industries and applications, they offer businesses a wealth of opportunities. As the CES demonstrated, innovators are fueling this trend with a plethora of devices, from smartwatches to connected cars and household appliances. 

In addition to giving enterprises new options for producing compelling offerings, the IoT has great potential for enterprise use - such as smart thermostats that can help cut electricity costs or smart glasses that enable workers to look up information while their hands are occupied. But there might be even more potential in the data organizations can collect, both about their own operations and from their customers. 

That's why Gartner predicted the IoT will transform the data center. In March, the firm estimated 26 billion units will be connected to the IoT by 2020, creating revenue in excess of $300 billion by that time. 

With all of these gadgets collecting, processing and transmitting information, data centers may need to accommodate greater volumes of data and be able to process it effectively to capitalize on its potential.  

"IoT deployments will generate large quantities of data that need to be processed and analyzed in real time," said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner. "Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centers, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges."  

As a result, data centers may be under additional strain, or enterprises could require additional investments to accommodate large loads. In either case, the potential strain on the network coupled with the growing value of database resources makes disaster recovery plans all the more pressing.

Companies that utilize Oracle, for instance, may want to implement standby databases to minimize downtime in the event their primary servers become overwhelmed or damaged. That way, they can resume their operations and have the peace of mind that their valuable information is backed up - whether they collect data from the IoT or not. 

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