1,000 Times More Data Center Processing to Support IOT in 5 Years?
Only about four years from now, the Internet of Things will need 750 percent more data center capacity in service provider facilities than it consumes today, according to a recent report by the market-research firm IDC.
At the same time, it is possible latency requirements will require offloading processing to the edge of the network.
The reason is the assumption that dense networks supporting highly mobile and distributed sensors and appliances will produce so much raw data, with a need to process so fast, that computing has to be offloaded from centralized data centers to edge processors of some sort.
Whether it will be possible to process fast, with latency of not many milliseconds, backhauling all data to data centers, is the issue. Many do not think that will be optimal, even if it proves possible.