You may think that 2015 was the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), but it’s set to get even bigger: IT research provider Gartner projects that in 2016, 5.5 million new ‘things’ will be connected to the internet every day. This means that by the end of the year, 6.4 billion interconnected intelligent devices will be in use worldwide – 30% more than in 2015. By 2020, that figure is set to reach 20.8 billion.
The Internet of Things relies on cloud-based data storage
This boom in the Internet of Things is great news in terms of technology development and innovation, and many businesses are excited about how they could make the most out of it. Still, the rise of interconnectivity between objects also means that the level of data storage will need to continue to keep up with growing demand: for every object that turns into yet another data source, even more data storage capacity will be required. And not all businesses grasp how essential it is to have a plan in place for managing the additional data increases that intelligent connected objects will bring.
The data which intelligent objects collect needs to be managed and securely stored
The data collected from most intelligent objects will be unstructured or semi-structured, for example in the form of metric data from machine to machine communication, or sensing technology that monitors infrastructure, through to telematics data from trucks, cars, ships and planes. This means that we'll need even more capacity to analyse what all these intelligent devices are recording and doing - which solutions such as Redcello's object storage can help achieve.
Data object storage: a viable solution
Object storage is a type of storage architecture which manages data as objects. Object metadata lives within the object, which means the solution is highly scalable with no need for supplementary data such as relational databases. Objects can be stored and retrieved through just a single command.
Though object storage isn’t a new concept, its capacity for scalability, low cost compared to block or file storage, durability, and ease of use make it especially well-suited for managing data related to the Internet of Things.
Choosing the right data object storage provider
Many of the big cloud platforms already use object storage as part of their solutions, though there are also dedicated data object storage providers such as Cloudian Hyperstore. If you’re unsure what the best fit for your business would be, a specialist IT provider can work with you to find the right solution.