These days, just about any object and most living beings can generate and share data. This explains why IHS expects the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to grow to 30.7 billion by 2020 and 75.4 billion by 2025.
While much of the early buzz involved wearables and smart devices in the home, the IoT has now permeated most industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, energy, transportation, government and many others. Organizations are becoming increasingly reliant upon IoT data to optimize business operations, better understand customer needs and guide decision-making.
As the IoT continues to grow, the big question becomes, “How do we manage all of these IoT devices, applications and data on top of our already complex infrastructure?” Management, visibility and control across the IoT environment – from the network edge to the core to the cloud – are critical to success. Otherwise, IoT services suffer and you lose actionable insights that could have improved operational efficiency, productivity and competitive positioning. The IoT is one of the primary drivers of digital transformation. If not properly managed, that transformation can be slow, painful and costly.
The complexity created by the rise of the IoT has been compared to the influx of mobile devices and applications. In the early days of mobile, Blackberry policies only applied to Blackberry, Apple policies only applied to Apple, and so on. However, two primary operating systems (iOS and Android) emerged, and APIs are similar. Although devices still have differences, administrators can manage mobile devices with the same set of tools through a single pane of glass.
IoT management will never be as simple as mobile management due to the presence of multiple vendors and thousands of platforms for a wide range of devices, from sensors to building control systems to health monitors. Standardization might happen at some point, but it will take years. Until then, many IoT devices will have disparate, vendor-specific tools for management, monitoring, access and security. Meanwhile, organizations need the ability to centrally manage the entire IoT environment.
VMware recently introduced Pulse IoT Center, an enterprise-grade IoT management solution designed to provide IT and operational technology (OT) teams with greater control over IoT infrastructure. Using technology from the VMware AirWatch device management solution and VMware vRealize Operations monitoring solution, Pulse IoT Center makes it simpler to track, visualize, monitor and secure different types of IoT edge systems and devices, regardless of use case.
Simplified deployment and scaling translate to faster ROI, and security policies are enforced across the IoT environment to protect infrastructure and data. VMware Pulse IoT Center enables centralized management of heterogenous edge systems and devices, and provides real-time visibility into device health so any issues can be proactively addressed.
There’s no doubt that the IoT is growing. How prepared is your organization to manage that growth? Let us show you how VMware Pulse IoT Center can simplify IoT management and allow you to expand IoT infrastructure without adding complexity.