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Internet of things among key emerging technological trends

By Donna Donnawitz
October 26, 2012
Have you taken the time recently to look around and see just how many things can connect to the internet? I'm not just talking about phones and televisions anymore. We are living in an era where refrigerators, cars, lighting systems and even window shades can connect to the web. This level of connectivity lets you control just about anything through the internet. If you leave the house and forget to lock the door, open up the smartphone app that controls your home and lock it. If you want to close your blinds to protect a plant from excess sun, but aren't around the house, you can do it through the internet.

This trend toward connecting everything to the web has been labeled the internet of things, and has major implications in the enterprise, data center, government and consumer sectors. The movement is so dominant that Gartner recently identified it as one of the 10 most influential technological movements on the horizon.

The rise of the internet of things
Gartner explained that the internet of things refers primarily to the integration of web capabilities in a variety of physical devices. This creates an environment in which businesses and consumers can take advantage of advanced web and control capabilities in a variety of ways. This is already beginning to happen in the mobile device industry, where advanced sensors, near-field communications and image recognition solutions are gaining prominence.

Responding to the trend
David Cearley, vice president and fellow with Gartner, explained that the key trends the research firm has identified are major technological movements that businesses have to at least evaluate moving forward.

"We have identified the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations, and that IT leaders should factor into their strategic planning processes over the next two years," said Cearley. "This does not necessarily mean enterprises should adopt and invest in all of the listed technologies; however companies need to be making deliberate decisions about how they fit with their expected needs in the near future."

Taking advantage of this trend
One way that IT leaders can take full advantage of the internet of things is through console management systems. Console server infrastructure establishes a foundation that allows data center managers to control aspects of the data center setup through the web. With more data center systems connecting to the network, users can manage more through console systems, adding a vital layer of efficiency to operations.

Perle’s wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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