The undisputed hottest topic in IT in the recent past has been cloud computing. Then, big data stepped in and arguably stole the show last year. If you thought smartphones and tablets were the ones to look out for in 2013, it might be a wrong statement, as there’s likely to be a new kid on the block: The Internet of Things (IoT). Also known as machine-to-machine (M2M), The Internet of Things is all about sensors that can connect lots of formerly-mundane objects to the Internet and automatically send their data to IT systems for analysis.
“The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.” – Gartner
The Internet of Things is a fast growing market where IPv6 will play a central role. IPv6 will ensure that every known object in this world will have one unique IP. The objects can be everything from health care monitors to traffic lights to thermostats to trains.
The Internet of Things would encode 50 to 100 trillion objects, and be able to follow the movement of those objects. The huge amount of data generated by these devices makes one more technology inevitable: “Big Data”. Big data will make it possible to effectively use the data generated by the trillions of objects. Big Data in turn requires two more ingredients :“Compute” and “Storage Space,” which is where Cloud computing makes its special appearance. Cloud will play the pivotal role in making the compute and storage required for all this things to work. In a world where the hardware and operating system have become commoditized, the apps are the differentiator and more and more, the apps are a viewport into a cloud service driven by machine learning.
Although it is going to take some time before all of these things materialize and mature, one thing for sure is it’s already making us feel as if we are living in a science fiction movie… imagine your toaster, car or house talking back to you.