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Building the perfect server for the Internet of Things revolution

Oct. 23, 2015 ⋅ Categories: Infrastructure

As the Internet of Things expands and revolutionizes the way business users digitally interact with their environment through devices, demands for a big data server change with it. The IoT changes not only the type of server needs but also the amount and availability. If you’ve somehow missed out on the major development of the IoT, it’s good to understand what it is and what a server in the midst of its revolution will need to succeed. There are three areas that will need consideration to meet these needs.

Storage
Of course, your storage needs are going to change with the IoT. You might get dizzy thinking about all the information these devices will bring to your server, but thankfully, a lot of newer systems are ready for big data, according to TechTarget. With “call home” support features that track a server’s usage behavior, you can be notified almost instantaneously when your storage is low and needs upgrading. If you’re custom building, though, bear in mind what you’ll want from your server in terms of high-power storage, and consider the features that will help you keep track of it.

Security
Security is a major concern with building a server that can keep up in this age of rapidly expanding communication. According to Eddie Lockhart, the assistant editor of TechTarget, the diverse and expansive presence of the IoT heightens the risk of security breaches. With the amount of devices that can be connected, some cyber defenses won’t hold up. You’ll want to to make sure that your server isn’t at risk for hacking, and that information traveling through your network of devices will remain there, securely. Not only that, but the nature of this information is different as well. Take, for instance, the hack on a computerized thermostat that jeopardized the security and personal information of 70 million Target customers. Some seemingly insignificant device connected to your network can either carry or be a gateway to highly classified information.

Infrastructure
Because more devices are being connected to a network, the amount of data being stored on your server is going to grow considerably, and these new devices can disrupt an already working flow and cause chaos in your system. Restructuring your system so all data is evenly distributed can prevent bottlenecking and makes sure nothing gets lost. Prepare your server for this influx of information by programming buffer time so that if, at any point, the amount of data is too much, your system won’t panic and can instead give itself the time and space it needs to process everything coming through.

If you need a computing system that can meet the needs of the IoT revolution, contact PSSC Labs today. We can work with you to design a system that fits the unique needs of your organization.

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