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Internet of Things and the Data Center

I just recently returned from the Consumer Electronics Show and was overwhelmed with the emphasis on the Internet of Things.  I was there interviewing companies for the Data Center Industry Association for an upcoming webinars and had some interesting discussions on both the evolution of the data center and how IoT will impact.

Per Cisco, there will 50 billion connected devices by 2020.  By then, the world’s population will be just under 8 Billion.  That’s 6.25 connected objects per person.  Data centers are not equipped to deal with that growth, at least not in their current form.

Think about it.  That’s 50 Billion connected objects producing data.  Fifty billion objects that need to be networked, and tied into applications to produce value.  The implication for our storage, compute and networks (internal and external) will be overwhelming.  The amount of applications that will be created and big data analysis that will need to occur in order to take advantage of all this information will keep programmers employed, and data center managers grey haired for the next decade.

If you thought the data center was getting complex now, just wait.  Time to start rethinking the data center of the future.  The one of today isn’t ready.


About Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a thought leader, cloud strategist and enterprise data center evangelist focusing on data center evolution with particular emphasis on private and hybrid clouds. Michael previously worked as Dell’s Cloud Evangelist representing Dell’s cloud portfolio and vision at customer meetings, media briefings, and industry conferences. Prior to that, Michael held marketing and consulting roles in the storage and telecom industry. Michael currently works for NetApp as their cloud strategist and evangelist. Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron. Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Michael’s recent work includes: • Participation in cloud industry panels and private equity discussions relating to the vision of cloud. • Business development activities with a focus on the enterprise data center. • Sales enablement and training on cloud positioning and how cloud impacts hardware and software sales. • Industry conference presentations including the Consumer Electronics Show, Cloud Computing East, Educause, and the Cloud Computing Association. • Presentation at the International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development in Shanghai, China


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