Edge computing takes center stage in 2020

By | November 19th, 2019|Blog|

Forrester Research (and others) are predicting 2020 as a landmark year for the expansion of edge computing related to IoT solutions with on-demand compute and real-time apps also driving growth. While some applications of edge computing will look familiar like processing data at aggregation points instead of in the cloud, others will need form factors [...]

Keepinging sharp with edge computing

By | January 24th, 2019|Blog|

Edge computing answers issues about data throughput, but also brings concerns about security and scalability, but the biggest challenge might be how to get the right people to work together to make it work. It makes sense. Rather than figure out larger pipes for transporting data from remote locations or try to program around [...]

Network admins as IOT gatekeepers?

By | December 10th, 2018|Blog|

For network admins, the pending influx of IoT devices is still far enough away (maybe?) that much is unsure about how it will all work. Some are concerned about security risks of billions of additional endpoints on the network. Others see new, untested 5G networks shouldering the burden of data transport. Still others are [...]

Networking IoT devices overview

By | March 22nd, 2018|Blog|

Deciding how to network IoT devices has about as many options as there are IoT applications. A recent NetworkWorld article had a good survey of variables that network architects need to pay attention to when it comes to connecting the IoT. Like any network, initial considerations center around the use case of what's connected [...]

Fog computing expands critical remote infrastructure

By | January 18th, 2018|Blog|

Several years ago one of the morning talks at CiscoLive was on fog computing. At the time the hype for cloud computing was well entrenched, so fog computing seemed to bring things back to earth with a more realistic promise of local processing of the massive amount of data expected from the ever-increasing billions [...]

Cisco: 75% of IoT initiatives not successful

By | May 24th, 2017|Blog|

In a study out from Cisco this week, one of the key vendors in IoT, says that only 26 percent of companies in their survey feel that they have been successful with their IoT initiatives. The danger zone for most IoT initiatives is the proof of concept (POC) stage, where 60 percent stall. The complexity of moving from [...]

IoT business justifications (+ a scary anecdote)

By | February 16th, 2017|Blog|

The Internet of Things (IoT) has never been short on hype or fear, but as real applications and deployments begin to factor into tactical business plans, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) is required. Starting with costs, consider current environmental costs and implementation costs. The current environment includes what you are [...]

Gartner strategic predictions for 2017+

By | October 19th, 2016|Blog|

If you believe the self fact-check, the annual Gartner strategic predictions are right 78% of the time. This might make the three-to-five year tech outlook worth paying attention. Here is a look at a few of the 10 predictions. Through 2019, every $1 that enterprises invest in innovation will require an additional $7 in core execution. [...]

Jeep hackers release IoT security survey

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|

Remember those guys a while back that demonstrated how they could hack a Jeep Cherokee, stealing control ranging from the mischievous (changing the radio volume) to the potentially deadly (killing the engine on the highway)? They are back in the news with the release of a survey of security professionals on IoT security perceptions. IOActive, the [...]

IoT automation requires a smarter network

By | March 14th, 2016|Blog|

An article in NetworkWorld earlier this month on three fixes needed to get the network ready for the IoT revolution missed a fourth critical component: IoT automation. Cisco says today that there might be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, which some are beginning to say might be low, especially once you [...]