The Internet of things has always been on the top of objectives lists for a lot of IT managed services providers, and reasonably so. Imagine the ability to access and control your entire life areas from a single dashboard. What are they doing to bring this vision closer to us though?
Besides having faster networks, we will need more than just big silos to store the copious amounts of data that will be generated and shared when the internet of things takes precedence from the status quo.
Terabyte terror: It takes special databases to lasso the Internet of Things
If you believe figures from the technology research firm Gartner, there will be 25 billion network-connected devices by 2020. The “Internet of Things” is embedding networked sensors in everyday objects all around us, from our refrigerators to our lights to our gas meters. These sensors collect “telemetry” and route out data to… whoever’s collecting it. “Precision agriculture,” for instance, uses sensors (on kites or drones) that collect data on plant health based on an analysis of near-infrared light reflected by crops. Sensors can do things like measure soil moisture and chemistry and track micro-climate conditions over time to help farmers decide what, where, and when to plant.
Regardless of what they’re used for, IoT sensors produce a massive amount of data. This volume and variety of formats can often defy being corralled by standard relational databases. As such, a slew of nontraditional, NoSQL databases have popped up to help companies tackle that mountain of information.
This is by no means the first time relational databases have ever been used to handle sensor data. Quite the contrary—lots of companies start, and many never leave, the comfort of this familiar, structured world. Others, like Temetra, (which offers utility companies a way to collect and manage meter data) have found themselves pushed out of the world of relational database management systems (RDBMSes) because sensor data suddenly comes streaming at them like a school of piranha…read more here
So maybe your company has been using relational databases since the day you opened doors for the first time, clearly there will need to be a change towards the no-relation side of storing data if your company and data IT services provider is going to be ahead of the pack.
Here is a broader view to help you look at what you need to ask your MSP on how you can prepare for the internet of things: