A video from CNN shows how connected our world is becoming. New refrigerators and washing machines are able to connect with your network and even allow you to tweet from your fridge. (The million dollar question of course, does anyone WANT to do that?) How many devices are connected in your home to the Internet? Two, four, six? In my house, it's seven (two computers, two cell phones, printer, blu-ray player and xbox).
ScienceLogic CEO David Link was recently quoted in an article on cloud computing predictions for 2011. In it, David points to the rise of connected devices, and the need for even more closely monitored networks. All of these connected devices are going to stress networks out, potentially causing much more downtime as networks struggle to meet demand. While it may be cool that items such as refrigerators and washing machines can now connect to your wi-fi and favorite websites, think about the strain that causes on the Internet.
Check out what David had to say:
'Looking at the various reports coming out of IBM and Ericsson, we could be looking at potentially one trillion Internet connected devices by 2015. To put that in perspective, we passed the five billion milestone in late August/early September,' said David Link, CEO and co-founder of ScienceLogic, a provider of provider of IT Operations and Cloud Monitoring solutions.
In an age where pacemakers, industrial sensors and parking meters are Internet connected, managing devices will be of paramount importance.
'It's not so much about managing just systems or services - it's about managing SYSTEMS of systems and services,' Link said. 'This is an unprecedented scale that I don't think many companies are ready for - the stress testing alone on existing management tools would almost require the full-time attention of an IT department.'
2011 isn't going to be the year any of this gets sorted out. Instead, it will be the year when organizations start waking up to the kudzu-like growth of connected devices. It will also, hopefully, be a year during in which funding will start flowing to forward-thinking startups that promise to solve the trillion-device trap.
Consider what a world with 1 trillion connected devices would require. Certainly it would demands infrastructure management that:
Can scale easily, both technologically and from a licensing and use perspective
Is self-instantiated and as dynamic as the computing model
Accommodates disaggregated computing models (public and hybrid cloud) as well as conventional, on-premises infrastructure
Securely partitions data for end user constituents who share infrastructure resource pools
Leverages open standard, embedded instrumentation because proliferation of software agents and probes is untenable
Allows logical grouping and policies for disparate devices under management because all devices, and the applications that use them, are not equal
Relieves humans from the impossible task of day-to-day management through intelligent automation
We are in a world where instant connectivity is king. With that comes increasing responsibility for effective IT management to make sure that end users get a seamless experience. This could be a case where the technology and ability to connect multiple devices within a home or business is far ahead of the infrastructure to support it.