24 Billion IoT devices. Connected to a network and fully functioning by 2020. That’s the prediction from a recent study into how IoT is transforming globally.

The Internet of Things is a network consisting of devices that are connected to the internet. Data packets are transmitted and gathered with little to no input from the user.

The development of IoT devices in the past five years has led to connections to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Allowing us (whether a home user or IT Professional) to access devices remotely. These devices include cars, refrigerators, lighting and heating and far more.

The rise of IoT has seen demand for more data, and, as technology adapts and grows, the proliferation of IoT has not surprisingly changed how we think and manage our data centres.

As of 2017, it is expected that IoT will impact Data Centres in the following key areas.

Design – the focus will look to density, power efficiencies, airflow management, scalability, and lower costs.

Deployment – rapid deployment and efficiency will be a requirement while looking to future growth (space, power and density). The likes of APC modular designs make it ideal for scalability on a large scale.

Security – the rise in IoT devices means that IT Professionals can easily overlook potential threats. With the likes of everyday devices such as printers being taken for granted, it offers the potential for hackers a way into your network through the backdoor.

These three areas barely scratch the surface, and it will only lead to further demands upon the teams keeping our networks maintained.

NETSCOUT – Guardians of the connected world, have been working on a solution that will prove not only effective but improve upon the way in which IT Technicians tackle their workflow. With LinkRunner G2, technicians can review installation documentation, test loaded PoE and network services, document the results, and use other vendor-specific apps to configure and triage connected devices.

NETSCOUT LinkRunner G2 Smart Network Tester

For companies working with smaller provisions; it is the ideal time to move on to the LinkRunner G2 next-generation smart tester. With its mobile nature and ability to utilise Android apps, companies will be able to keep up with the challenge of rapid growth in network-connected devices while reducing the need for personal devices connecting (and gaining access) to critical data.

Features include (but are not limited to):

• Improves the effectiveness of network professionals by combining enhanced copper and fibre Ethernet testing with the Android OS.
• Streamline installation and troubleshooting workflows using vendor/device apps for configuration and triage.
• The first solution to offer a patented TruePower™ PoE test that supports 4-pair 51-Watt UPOE under load.
• Automated documentation in Link-Live cloud-based results management database saves time and improves collaboration.

Check out how apps are aiding the IT Professional here.

NETSCOUT LinkRunner G2 is the test tool that enables IT, professionals, to accelerate deployments and problem identification, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of network operations.

For more information, check out our full range of LinkRunner G2 products here.

Until next time…