Elements Of IoT

There's a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but what about the technology it runs on? Here's a look at some of the infrastructure and networking components IT pros can expect to build out to support the IoT.

Crystal Bedell

September 27, 2016

10 Slides

For anyone working in IT, the Internet of Things is trend that can't be ignored. IoT dominates headlines with catchy stories about connected refrigerators and wearable tech, along with sensational estimates for the oncoming number of connected devices.

Cisco, for example, predicts the number of connected devices will rise from 25 billion in 2015 to 50 billion by 2020. Garter's IoT estimates are a less dramatic -- the research firm expects by 2020 the IoT will include 26 billion units -- but impressive nonetheless.

What gets less attention is the underlying technology for all these connected devices. Here, we look at some of the top use cases for IoT and the associated infrastructure and network components that IT pros can expect to build and install.

Technologies such as wireless mesh networks, for instance, will get more attention as organizations build out support for the IoT. We also examine some challenges that IoT raises, such as increased storage demands and new data security concerns.

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About the Author(s)

Crystal Bedell

Crystal Bedellfreelance writer

Crystal Bedell is a freelance technology writer specializing in security, cloud computing and mobility. As the principal of Bedell Communications, she helps technology providers and IT media companies create engaging thought leadership content. Prior to launching Bedell Communications, Crystal worked for TechTarget where she was the editor of SearchSecurity.com for eight years. She is based in Spokane, Wash., where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

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