“The Internet of Things” is a term that is being used on a regular basis in today’s technological environment. To boil the term down to its simplest concept, it describes a bold new level of interconnectivity between devices within the existing infrastructure of the Internet. “The Internet of Things” is expected to bring with it a new level of automation in nearly every aspect of life – from the way you use computers at home, at school at the office and everywhere in between. When it comes to what is still a relatively new concept, however, there are a number of important storage implications that one must consider.

Storage Requirements of the Internet of Things

Perhaps the biggest implication regarding storage and “The Internet of Things” has to do with the total amount of data that will need to be stored at all. When all of your devices are suddenly capable of sharing information, you now have dramatically larger storage requirements than possibly ever before. To put that into perspective for the personal device user, one might consider the example of a smartphone video.

If you capture a video on your smartphone at a family barbecue, that video will be playable just about anywhere thanks to the concept of “The Internet of Things” – from your television set to your game console to other computers in your home. In order for that information sharing to take place, however, the video needs to be stored someplace that all of the aforementioned devices have access to. When you consider the frequency at which this type of information can be shared in only the home environment, the storage implications become clear. That’s to say nothing of the terabytes of data that are regularly being shared on a regular basis at places like businesses or educational institutions.

Data Centers and the Internet of Things

One of the biggest shifts regarding storage and “The Internet of Things” has to do with the ways in which data centers must now operate. Data centers need to be able to accommodate the two distinct types of information that devices will be generating: large files that users will access sequentially and small, image-based data that is accessed randomly. This shift will also represent a number of important challenges for data centers regarding topics like security, consumer privacy, server technologies and even the types of networks that these data centers are operating with. Huge amounts of small, log-file data that has been captured from sensors will need to be transferred to data centers for processing, thus dramatically increasing bandwidth requirements for existing data center wide area network links as a result.