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Importance of distributed data storage and IoT for organizations during the pandemic

By Megana Natarajan - July 06, 2020 3 Mins Read

Importance of distributed data storage and IoT for organizations during the pandemic

IoT has fast become a must-have technology, from a nice-to-have technology, in the wake of the pandemic

Organizations around the world are dependent on IoT based products for packaging and shipping trackers, streaming devices, remote connected monitoring health devices, telelearning, telehealth, remote workforce, etc. The volume of data being shared, analyzed, and stored has increased exponentially.

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IT leaders believe that initially IoT tech for organizations was simply one device communicating with another, but has now become the required element for the new reality. IoT devices have made it possible to avoid transmission of the virus by preventing employee gatherings. 5G will play a key reason for boosting the presence of IoT devices.

Data transmission in a latency-free way

The increased remote work environment has resulted in Internet Service Providers suspending the caps for domestic internet plans to support increased at-home use of devices. Most crucial business video-conferencing software requires low-latency HD video. Conventional pipes are incapable of satisfying the low-latency requirement with acceptable performance. IT leaders state that most of the data being sent via these calls are invaluable to store for a long time and if valuable, need added AI tech to extract data.

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Organizations need an effective data management strategy. CIOs state that depending on the scenario and requirement, data may be processed immediately, processed with delay, or simply stored. System architects prefer that data storage be done near the source of capture i.e., locally.

Organizations implementing IoT devices intend to define specific solutions for storage, ensure data security for the entirety of transfer, and user experience like HD videoconferencing is of good quality. Now for privacy concerns, organizations willing for local storage opt for solutions like smart video in cameras with removable or embedded storage card options.

Distributed hubs’ data demands

The remote workforce has resulted in organizations shifting towards distributed data hubs. Edge data centers or smaller distribution hubs are used for data storage, which is present on local devices as well and available for analysis. CIOs state that during the pre-pandemic scenario, requests and instructions would be routed to a central point which would then be routed to distribution centers closer to customers, but now with the pandemic, organizations plan to create smaller central points near the customers.

IT leaders acknowledge that data plays a major role in survival and business-boosting for
organizations. They are pushing for implementing in-house edge data centers for analyzing the data rather than outsourcing, cloud, or third-party vendors.

Implementation of virtual meetings and AR/VR devices

CIOs state that AR/VR will receive a definite boost due to the current situation. The tech will be explored for uses other than gaming, where it is currently largely confined. Surely the tech will become a part of business strategy for the future. With the correct technology, conventional workflows can be made more efficient, AI-enabled storage space will make it more secure and faster to access.

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Megana Natarajan

Megana Natarajan is a Global News Correspondent with OnDOt Media. She has experience in content creation and has previously created content for agriculture, travel, fashion, energy and markets. She has 3.9 years’ experience as a SAP consultant and is an Engineering graduate.

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