Alan Browning, hyper-converged solutions specialist, Data Centre Group at Lenovo South Africa.

Alan Browning, hyper-converged solutions specialist, Data Centre Group at Lenovo South Africa.

The Internet of things (IOT) will see enterprise data centre operators having to totally rethink the way they manage capacity across each and every layer of the IT stack.

Gartner estimates there will be 26 billion IOT units installed by 2020, and predicts that IOT will transform the data centre market and, with it, its technologies, customers, providers and sales and marketing models.

However, the vast amounts of data that IOT deployments will generate, and that will need to be processed and analysed in real time, will see providers having to deal with new security, capacity and analytics challenges.

"As sensors and IOT become commonplace, this will result in a data explosion, and as it stands today, no technology exists to transport this data to public cloud providers," says Alan Browning, hyper-converged solutions specialist, Data Centre Group, at Lenovo South Africa. "Customers will need to architect their data centres to embrace a hybrid cloud model."

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"Companies need to better understand their application requirements and design their data centres differently," says Browning.

"As we move into a world dominated by IOT and AI, data centres need to evolve, and the integration between on-premises deployment and public cloud is of utmost importance," he adds.

Delegates attending Browning's talk will hear how latency-based decisions will change the way they think of traditional design mentality. They will also get exposure to latest technology trends. "It's all about the edge and embracing hybrid cloud," he says.

Browning will be presenting on ‘The future defined data centre: How the IOT is changing the DC landscape,' at the ITWeb Data Centre Summit, to be held on 10 July, at The Forum in Bryanston.