Gartner says: "By 2020, 21 billion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be in use worldwide."
"IoT is a growing concept in terms of exposure and implementation," explained John Myers, Managing Research Director for Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), in The Rise of IoT. "There are new estimates for the number of linked devices almost every quarter. Some of these estimates go as far as to say that within five years, there will be nearly 40 billion connected devices around the globe."
"Within the next few years billions of smart devices will be communicating and sharing important data on just about everything – healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, food processing, environmental science, lifestyles, and more," added Ron Lifton, Senior Enterprise Solutions Marketing Manager, NetScout.
The IoT is in position to become one of the greatest application performance management challenges faced by IT. The potential number of connected devices, the massive amount of data these devices will generate, and the growing complexity of the infrastructure all compound this challenge.
"As more business and industrial applications are created, more devices are being connected, forcing IT systems to handle greater volumes of data," confirms Ross Garrett, Director Product Marketing at Push Technology in a recent blog on APMdigest. "And more importantly, these connected systems don't have the same tolerance or understanding for tardiness their human counterparts do. Performance – no matter the number of connections, volume of data, distance to travel, or network capability – is critical, and that's the dilemma facing many enterprise architects and systems integrators."
With this challenge in mind, APMdigest asked experts across the industry – including analysts, consultants and vendors – for their recommendations on how to ensure performance for IoT applications. APMdigest will post the in-depth list of expert recommendations over the next four days. Part 1 covers visibility and Application Performance Management.
1. COMPREHENSIVE VISIBILITY
In terms of application performance for the IoT, we recommend that organizations focus their IT efforts on the visibility of all connected devices and the elements with which they are interacting in the IT network. Without full visibility of the entire network, it is impossible to understand interdependencies and impact on performance, and therefore not feasible to meet this new challenge.
The sheer surface area of an IoT infrastructure means that the lines blur between security of the infrastructure and performance of IoT applications. The common denominator that ensures maximum security of the IoT infrastructure and performance of the IoT applications is visibility into any data-in-motion between the different elements involved in an IoT deployment.
VP, Product Management, Gigamon
2. UNDERSTAND DEPENDENCIES
The key to assuring performance is by understanding all application and service dependencies across the IoT infrastructure so when a problem occurs, it can quickly be identified. IoT performance is dependent on gaining unrestricted operational visibility to identify potential problems from the edge into the cloud and data centers. If the IT organization achieves that, then they can confidently navigate through IoT changes and help reduce business risk.
Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager, NetScout
3. MONITOR CONNECTION POINTS BETWEEN TECHNOLOGIES
IoT is about data collection for multiple use cases, but most IoT solutions rely on existing and legacy components as well whether it be IT or OT. Having consistent data collection across technologies is a challenge. Showing the interconnection points between technologies and how each is performing is key in order to isolate performance issues.
VP of Market Development and Insights, AppDynamics
4. APPLICATION PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (APM)
Since IoT started gaining traction among enterprises, IT teams have had to deal with an additional layer of complexity on top of the existing management challenges. As enterprises bring more connected devices online, IT has to deal with a large number of devices as well as the massive amounts of data that stream into their big data stores. Ensuring performance of IoT applications can be a cumbersome manual process, one that leaves performance blind spots and gaps in visibility. To address this performance challenge, enterprise IT teams should implement proactive application performance monitoring to gain end-to-end visibility into their distributed applications and the underlying infrastructure. They should understand the dependencies between the different application components and the transactions that flow through it. With the help of performance data collected, IT teams can quickly identify the root cause of application performance bottlenecks, and fix them before users are affected.
Applications Manager Market Analyst, ManageEngine
Traditionally, APM solutions have been very adept at identifying approaching thresholds and bottlenecks in other critical systems. Similarly, ensuring strong performance for IoT depends on the ability to automatically detect and pre-empt performance issues in the systems and applications supporting IoT.
CEO and Founder, Catchpoint
5. NEXT-GEN APM
Every new IoT device that connects to the Internet at the frontend, will have an impact on the network and also the hardware at the backend. Therefore, it is essential for Application Performance Management solutions to keep up! This will be extremely critical because its still early in the development and innovation stages of IoT. Who can predict the expansion, connectivity, layers and technology for IoT over in the next 3 - 5 years? Therein lies the challenge for APM!
Linux Systems Analyst, haydenjames.io
6. SEAMLESS INTEGRATION OF KEY COMPONENTS
From looking at comments and conversations on IT Central Station, I've noticed that IT professionals have broken down the key components of IoT into 5 components: the UI/UX Layer, Data Processing or Analytics, Connectivity, Sensors Layer, and the Embedded Systems processor. In order to ensure performance for the IoT, it is critical that each of these components work together harmoniously. Users seem particularly interested in the ability to automate each of these key components, but the critical point is that they seamlessly work together.
Founder and CEO, IT Central Station
Read Top Recommendations to Ensure Performance for the IoT - Part 2, covering data and analytics.
The financial industry is experiencing a massive wave of change over the last several years. Digital disruption has been truly disruptive to this industry. For instance, a mobile-centric world demands optimization of mobile applications and content delivery to provide the best possible customer experience. To this end, there are several ways to go about monitoring the network and its applications to collect the necessary performance data and deliver the requisite customer quality of experience ...
The performance gap between customer experience leaders and runners-up is widening, with those on top being disproportionately rewarded. Gartner said organizations must ignore three myths in order to achieve a superior customer experience ...
This summer marked three years since Microsoft announced Windows 10, its first "Windows as a service" Operating System (OS). Windows 10 brought with it a new Software-as-a-Service-like approach to updates, moving Microsoft and the millions of environments that depend on it, more frequent, bundled updates. Whether you believe the shift was for better or worse, one thing is certain, this "as a service" model is a natural progression for today's operating systems. That is why Windows 10 is changing not only how frequently updates are pushed out, but inherently how technology is purchased, how people consume it, and perhaps most importantly, how IT is run. Let's take a look at how Windows 10 has impacted these three key areas over the past three years ...
To celebrate IT Professionals Day 2018 (this year on September 18), the SolarWinds IT Pro Day 2018: A World Powered by Tech Pros survey explores a "Tech PROactive" world where technology professionals have the time, resources, and ability to use their technology prowess to do absolutely anything ...
Are digital war rooms obsolete because they're just a place for managers of siloed business units to find someone else to blame for a critical IT event such as a security breach? Far from it. Enterprises find these emergency response teams just as important, if not more important, than ever ...
The goal of EMA's latest research was to look at how advanced IT analytics (AIA) — EMA's term for primarily what today is best known as "AIOps" — is being deployed. Here are the remaining four of my seven personal takeaways ...
OK, the data is in! The goal of EMA's latest research was to look at how advanced IT analytics (AIA) — or EMA's term for primarily what today is best known as "AIOps" — is being deployed. Here are seven of my own personal takeaways ...
By maximizing the knowledge of end-to-end quality of service (QoS) using virtualized network functions (VNFs), the SD-WAN (edge) gateway establishes a suitable connection with minimal latency and maximum performance so that entire organizations can make the most of the Office 365 application suite ...
Market exuberance for Office 365 has inspired business mandates to adopt the cloud-hosted collaboration and productivity suite without regards to the underlying chaos. While multi-location organizations are virtualizing, operating models haven’t necessarily changed. This partial transformation that excludes automation and simplification of the network puts Office 365 deployments (and other software-as-a-service offerings) in danger of failing ...
Most organizations are undergoing a digital transformation that directly impacts how they do business, yet 70 percent of employees have not mastered the skills they need for their jobs today, and 80 percent of employees do not have the skills needed for their current and future roles, according to Gartner ...