We are on the cusp of a new business technology revolution. The Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing, and mobility are all reshaping how enterprises function. But too often we think of these four trends as technologies independent of each other, when in reality, they are all intrinsically linked and require a solid network foundation to function.
To help you paint a realistic picture of why the New IP is so important for your customer’s business, I’ve outlined here the possibilities of the enterprise of the future, leveraging next generation technology and only possible through network modernization.
Let’s start with the Internet of Things. Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than twenty billion devices will be connected to the Internet. While FitBits, Apple Watches, Nests and things like connected coffee pots get much of the consumer attention, the real value in the Internet of Things (IoT) will be realized as companies integrate smart devices across their enterprises.
This directly brings us to big data. The value of connected devices is in the data they generate and relay back to enterprises. Every day, new enterprise uses for the IoT are being developed. From smart warehouses that automatically alert factories when supplies run low to sensors that can more accurately track customer space of a retail floor throughout the day, the IoT will massively increase the amount of data enterprises have at their disposal. From cost savings to increased efficiencies, new and useful business intelligence insights can be derived from that data – data that relies on the network.
From there, we go to the cloud. In most cases, the data generated by the IoT will either be stored for future use or used in real-time data analysis. A growing number of enterprises are turning to cloud computing solutions in order to accommodate increasing storage and processing demands. Beyond that, cloud computing is also being used for everything from hosting files and email networks to serving as the backbone of entire companies like Netflix. Able to cost effectively and rapidly increase storage or computing needs almost instantaneously, cloud computing offers revolutionary advantages over conventional datacenters for enterprises. For that reason, IDC projects a continued increase in cloud computing use for years to come. In some cases the data journey stops there, but more often, insights from data need to be delivered to human hands to have an impact...
…which leads us to mobility. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, barcode readers -- an ever-increasing hoard of mobile devices are being integrated into enterprise operations. The ability for workers to bring work on the move and have two-way data access in the field is increasing efficiencies in nearly every industry at every level from factory floor to retail floor to cell phones, tablets and laptops in your everyday office. And since mobile devices are also used to relay data – such as location of delivery services, field sales data, etc. … this brings us right back to the beginning with new data being constantly generated only to be used again in the future – a future that relies on the network.
This is the shape of the enterprise to come – an enterprise driven by data generated by an IoT, processed in the cloud and delivered via mobile devices for optimum efficiency. But the most important thing to notice is that at each juncture, data is moved. From the raw data being compiled from IoT sensors into big data sets then stored and processed in the cloud to the actionable intelligence being delivered via mobile devices, the network underlays the entire system.
Many networks currently in place were designed decades ago, well before the modern concepts of big data, cloud, mobile and the IoT were even imagined. Those networks, never designed with such technology in mind, prevent enterprises from leveraging the future described above. Fortunately, networking technology has also kept pace. The New IP is the industry term for the next generation, innovative approach to networking that is software-enabled, user-centric and based on open standards. If the future described above is a far-off land, the New IP is the ship that will get you there. That is the importance of the New IP.