There’s little doubt the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform how we interact with others— from how we monitor and receive healthcare, to how we transact business, and even to how we connect with family and friends. It’s really the dawn of a new frontier when it comes to IoT, but like all things that evolve—there’s both promise and peril in the chaos of it.
While futurists are starry-eyed over the eventual benefits that will be reaped from the Internet of Things, it is a daunting prospect if you’re in Information Technology. The complexity of IT will increase as more and more devices become connected—whether directly to your own infrastructure or through the cloud. In fact, roughly half (49%) of IT departments are already struggling to integrate new sensors and actuators into their existing infrastructures.1 How will that look in the near future?
With analyst firms predicting more than 75 billion connected devices by 2025, managing your IT is going to get a lot more complicated.2 You will be required to both manage and secure devices and apps inward and outward from the edge. The hard fact is that connecting thousands of devices introduces new challenges to most traditional IT environments. You’ll be required to manage, store, and direct large volumes of data from all those connected devices, not to mention monitor, operate, and upgrade them.
Are you ready for that? Luckily, there is light on the horizon on how to get a handle on managing and securing the Internet of Things for your organization. A good way to begin is to focus on the management of the IoT devices themselves.
VMware Pulse IoT Center is an enterprise-grade, IoT device management and monitoring solution that efficiently manages, operates, scales, and protects your IoT projects. It also enables both operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) organizations to onboard, manage, monitor, and secure the use of IoT devices from the edge all the way to the cloud.
Using an IoT device management approach you can:
- Manage Broadly
Reduce IoT complexity by managing multiple heterogeneous IoT environments as easily as one.
- Protect Better
Provide peace of mind by securing your IoT infrastructure across things, edge, network, and applications.
- Innovate Faster
Accelerate ROI with a standardized method to onboard IoT devices that makes it easy to scale as needs change.
Some of the first challenges you need to overcome will be around asset tracking and monitoring. As more smart things and gateways connect to your network, you need to be able to track their location, ensure their safety, and easily provision and configure them. Not only that, but you should be able to provide real-time monitoring and alerting so you can continuously track the health of your extended IoT infrastructure. This presents some special challenges, as sensors and IoT devices may be located in remote or inaccessible locations. Then of course, there’s the constant need for updating and patching—especially over-the-air security patching since most IoT devices will not be physically on premises or directly connected to your network.
Clearpath and VMware can help you with a solid IoT device management strategy. With VMware Pulse, you get a single point of monitoring, security, and management for the IoT infrastructure—comprised of edge systems and connected devices—for both IT and OT users. And Clearpath can provide the IoT vision, direction, and strategy you need to capitalize on the benefits of Internet of Things, and help you implement VMware Pulse for IoT device management today.
The Internet of Things will be a chaotic, unruly, and wild frontier for years to come, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the future. Organizations that start planning their IoT device management strategies today will be well poised to take advantage of the possibilities that billions of connected devices can offer.
- IDG, IoT Study, 2018
- Statista, Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices installed base worldwide from 2015 to 2025, 2018