Significant Impact of IoT Initiatives on IT Infrastructure

Significant Impact of IoT Initiatives on IT Infrastructure

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Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure spending is making inroads into enterprise IT budgets across a diverse set of industry verticals. IDC released the results of a U.S. survey, IoT IT Infrastructure Survey, which finds that improved business offerings, IoT data management, and new networking elements are key to a successful IoT initiative within an enterprise.

The new survey examines current and future plans of IT end users for IoT infrastructure and provides analysis on IT organizations' knowledge of IoT, their plans to deploy an IoT strategy in the next 24 months, and which vendors are best suited to influence end user IoT initiatives.

"Given the strong uptake in IoT based technology solutions, enterprise IT buyers are looking for vendors who can add IoT capabilities to the current networking and edge IT infrastructure," said Sathya Atreyam, research manager, Mobile and IoT Infrastructure.

Telecom service providers, high-tech, manufacturing, and construction industries emerged as top verticals actively deploying IoT solutions. IDC estimates that there will be a rise in demand for newer networking elements that can address the needs of IoT traffic behavior. WiFi and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) are top contenders as preferred IoT connectivity mechanisms. However, long-range, wide-area networks (LoRaWAN) and narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) are equally poised to give a tough fight to WiFi and BLE vendors.

The survey reveals that Data analytics, correlation, and pattern recognition capabilities at point-of-data creation proves to be a key decision factor in vendor evaluation. It also states that there will be a significant shift towards edge server deployments as well as broader adoption of public cloud-based services for IoT.

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