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The Silent Revolution and the Rise of the Machines

Okay, so it’s no Orson Wells invasion from Mars, but the whole Internet of Things phenomena is one of the most important developments that will drive the growth of Internet traffic for the next 10 years and beyond.

The Internet of Things (IoT) – or M2M (machine-to-machine) technology – will affect everything and everyone. IoT applications can include a simple device that reads your electric meter to more complex ones that actually record data about how you are driving your car and determine how much you will pay for auto insurance.

According to Gartner, this application centric growth will generate an IoT economy that will be worth $1.9 trillion in investment revenue in the next 10 years. This will make IoT developments the biggest contributors to the growth of the Internet in next decade.

Why is it happening? And how can it be sure that network infrastructures can support this massive injection of internet traffic?

Network load balancers (or Application Delivery Controllers) that handle Internet traffic at both Layer 4 and Layer 7 are vital to ensure the smooth running of your network servers when you need to encompass IoT applications along with your regular company traffic. The reason for this is that IoT applications deliver content at Layer 7 to your network servers. They are application centric and the content they deliver needs to be acted upon instantly.

Load balancers ensure the smooth integration of IoT traffic without compromising the performance of key applications like Microsoft Exchange and Lync. By integrating geo-load balancers into the company network, IT managers can ensure that all of the network content demands from IoT applications and corporate users will be delivered without outage or compromise.

Chris Heyn, Business Development Manager for Aeris, explains the challenge that IoT applications throw at traditional IT operations.

“We concentrate on the IoT applications to allow organizations to connect remote devices to data centres in order to feed in essential data and allow their operations to work effectively. For example, we are working with one of Europe’s most popular automatic vending machine operators with over 180,000 machines. Each machine is being connected to the data centre so that it can provide inventory information every hour.”

Chris continued, “Each connection must be verified, synced and successfully transmitted to make sure the information gets through. The problem is not the content but the sheer number of small transactions that must be completed. For this reason, load balancers are vital to make sure everything works correctly.”

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