Internet of Things already stretching networks to capacity

Published: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 by Rad

Although enterprises feel increasingly confident that they are prepared for the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the underlying network is in growing danger of grinding to a halt as the flood of connected devices becomes a deluge.

This was the key finding in a study of IT pros in the US and UK, conducted by network control supplier Infoblox, which looked at opportunities and challenges surrounding the impact of the IoT on enterprise networking.

However, the study also found the network may be reaching its choke point earlier than anticipated, with 57% of the 400-strong sample saying their current network was already at full capacity. Just over half said they saw network infrastructure management as a high priority.

Infoblox found a widening awareness of the impact of the IoT, with 90% of CIOs planning or implementing solutions to cope with the demands of an estimated 26 billion "things", not counting PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Over three-quarters of the respondents reported sufficient budget and staff to cope with the deployment of IoT-ready networks, and 89% said they were confident they would be able to pick up more budget in the next 12 months.

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