Managing IoT Data at the Edge of the Enterprise

Published On: 31st March 2017//2.8 min read//

StorMagic chairwoman Sally Duckworth explains why the masses of data generated by the Internet of Things matters for data storage and management – both at the edge of the enterprise in remote and branch sites, and within the datacenter.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which have embedded electronics, software, sensors and network connections that enable these items to collect and exchange data. With the explosion of connected devices, IoT is a hot topic and experiencing dramatic growth, driven by ever increasing ways to leverage the data being generated. IoT is generating enormous amounts of data at the edge of the network, far more than could be economically stored in the world’s data centers. Latest estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be 15 zettabytes (ZB) of data generated by IoT in the data center versus a massive 600 ZB at the edge, all of it needing to be aggregated, processed, stored and managed.

The historic assumption was that those processes would always be done centrally, but as the theory of IoT is ever increasingly applied in practice, operators are realizing that the optimal location for the application and data storage varies according to quantity of data generated and the economics of the business case balanced against data access, analysis and the technical demands of the targeted use case.

For many IoT applications, the data needs to be analysed in real time, so that appropriate remedial action can take immediate effect if required. Cloud-based analytic applications are great for developing what-if scenarios and the algorithms for predictive failure analysis, but there’s no value in predicting a historical failure. Onsite processing of the application and data require an affordable onsite infrastructure solution and that is what Cisco’s partnership with StorMagic can deliver.

Together we provide a rich choice of solutions, creating the perfect economic balance for our customers to store and analyze IoT generated data when and where it is needed. This leads to the ability to make the most informed decisions and optimizations in real-time as well as drive continual improvement through deeper analytics to drive down risk and cost whilst maximizing ROI.

Regardless of whether the IoT solution is deployed at one or many sites, StorMagic’s SvSAN, Cisco UCS Servers and Cisco Enterprise Networking devices enables a lightweight, low-cost, geographically distributed, but centrally maintained infrastructure. This infrastructure can support the performance and availability demands of real-time sensor data and process-control applications applications in key markets such as energy, manufacturing, telecommunications and city municipalities.

Physical SANs are simply overkill for the edge of the network and a virtual SAN, such as StorMagic SvSAN, can reduce per-site acquisition and maintenance cost by as much as 40%. More specifically, in industrial IoT solutions from wind farms, to oil rigs, to tunnel management systems, StorMagic enables highly-available hyperconverged infrastructure supporting advanced virtualization functions that keep the IoT fuelled applications running.

There are many technologies designed specifically for large datacenters and cloud implementations, but solutions for IoT, which require real time, highly available onsite processing for the data being generated by the network of devices now need to receive a similar amount of attention. We’re proud to partner with Cisco to develop robust, yet simple to manage solutions that many global organizations depend on for delivery of their IoT solutions.

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