Adaptable infrastructure key to Internet of Everything: EMC

Adaptable infrastructure key to Internet of Everything: EMC

Storage vendor foresees lack of skills around Big Data becoming a stumbling block

Building an adaptable infrastructure is the biggest challenge with Internet of Everything (IoE), according to EMC.

A/NZ technology director at the storage company, Matt Zwolenski, said the issue lies in the large quantities of information generated by IoE devices.

‘The applications and infrastructure that collect this data is like a person trying to drink out of a fire hose,” he said.

Telemetric devices that have sensors to monitor objects such as jet engines to toasters can generate "terabytes of information" in a short period of time.

Zwolenski said businesses often consider how they can build a private Cloud architecture that can scale quickly, particularly as the amount of information grows “suddenly and unexpectedly”.

Skill behind the tech

As for whether the storage industry is ready to meet the demands of IoT, Zwolenski said it is too early to tell.

“We are prepared from the perspective that we have the solutions needed to build the necessary technology platforms, secure these information pools, and adapt to the scale with software defined storage,” he said.

Beyond the challenges with the technology, another difficult area is sourcing the skills and processes needed to support these platforms.

Zwolenski point to how IDC has named this concept as the “Third Platform”, where new development tools, and Big Data platforms such as Hadoop, will affect the way storage technologies are built.

“The rapid rate of change and opportunity will see customers looking to vendors and partners for IT transformation consulting support to help them through this journey,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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