Until recently, most end nodes were desktops, laptops, notebooks and smartphones, which were directly controlled by end-users through or a browser, application or fat client. But today, anyone who successfully constructs app-ready networks will be in a good position to benefit from the Internet of Things, with the opportunity to leverage off what Cisco CEO John Chanbers has described as a $19 trillion industry.
The size, scope and wealth of opportunity that characterises IoT continue to attract the attention of businesses, especially industry leaders. KEMP Technologies is seemingly applying its knowledge and expertise, with extensive research, to draft a White Paper on this industry and offer up its view of how businesses can tap into this potentially lucrative area of ICT development.
The Internet of Things serves as the foundation for the development of browsers and mobile apps and commercial networks. To sustain this influence and achieve the level of application, this resource is driven by several enabling technologies. Kemp Technologies identifies these as ubiquitous powerful computers, internet/ LAN connectivity, reliable sensory input, cost-effective cloud-based storage and processing, long-lasting electrical power.
The IoT swears to extends the end node far beyond the human-centric world to encompass specialized devices with human-accessible interfaces – such as smart home thermostats and blood pressure monitors, and even those which lack human interfaces altogether including industrial sensors, network-connected cameras and traditional embedded systems.
Kemp Technologies is the application-centric load balancer company currently leading the industry with price-to-performance advantages. According to the Company IoT comprises every end node on the Internet and private network, as well as connected servers in the private or public cloud. It also encompasses the ‘internetwork’ itself. These network-connected devices are exploding in number, in location, in functionality, and in expectations, they say.
Desmond Pillay, Africa Sales Country Manager, KEMP Technologies, reiterates statements made in its White Paper regarding the proliferation of this technology and its impact on key market segments. He mentions application in the healthcare industry and the increasing rate of interconnectivity of many devices to a hospital’s network and with highly available and secure server-based applications. This facilitates remote monitoring, data logging and big data analytics to further bolster business.
Other examples of how infrastructure and the Internet continue to make a lasting difference to operations include businesses in retail, manufacturing, utilities and the advancing relevance of wearable technology and impact on consumer services.
Pillay agrees with research which suggests that there are many examples of how IoT adds value to key market segments, including consumers, government and businesses. Specifically, he acknowledges an excerpt from the Kemp Technologies Report which states that as IoT grows, the need for real-time scalability to handle dynamic traffic bursts also increases.
The Report says that here may be the need to handle very low-bandwidth small data streams – such as a sensor identifier and a status bit on a door sensor – or large high-bandwidth streams, like high-definition video from a security camera. There is almost always the need for encryption as well. The scope of the IoT is huge. In some cases, such as apps running on a smartphone, the IoT end node may be a sophisticated mobile computer linked across a cellular data network, with unpredictable connectivity and periods when the app is unavailable or the device is out of radio range. In others, the end node may be a low-powered embedded microcontroller with sensors, hard wired to an industrial network and running 24/7.
While there is rapid growth, there are also challenges. Pillay says issues like huge amounts of traffic including bursts, maintaining fast response time and Quality of Service, security, privacy and regulatory compliance, represent difficulties. However, he is confident of the market’s potential for growth and maturity to overcome these hurdles and transfer the benefit to businesses.
Development of load balancer and Application Delivery Controller (ADC) infrastructure goes hand-in-hand with enabling forces laying the foundation for this growth.
As Kemp Technologies has described, enabling the IoT is the load balancer and the Application Delivery Controller (ADC), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and service chaining. The IoT is the future of networking, and the application load balancing capabilities of the ADC are the keys to building and scaling successful IoT solutions.
In all, KEMP Technologies is a leader in affordable server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers tailored to meet the needs of businesses that rely on the Internet for e-commerce and business-critical applications. It helps companies rapidly grow their business with 24/7 high-availability, better web infrastructure performance, scalability and secure operations – while streamlining IT costs. Thousands of KEMP LoadMaster products are in use today to improve customer satisfaction by accelerating user access to business-critical web applications. Service providers also rely upon KEMP products to enable fast time-to-market and cost-effective operations for new and existing managed services.
KEMP’s affordable LoadMaster products include Layers 4-7 load balancing, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload or acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, intrusion prevention system), plus one full year of product support – delivering industry leading price or performance value.
Application delivery solutions are known as application delivery controllers (ADC), server load balancers (SLB), application front-end devices (AFE), web switches, content switches and application switches.
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