Life in the digital fast lane has proven to be quite convenient. Everything we need to live comfortably is readily accessible with a mere click, tap or swipe. We are connected to the digital world by our array of devices, which are conveniently connected to each other. IoT is making it near impossible for us to miss any communication attempt by a co-worker, family member, news source or application.
In a world where this kind of connectivity has quickly become the norm, outdated infrastructure is becoming a hindrance and even a sheer memory for some. But, traditional networks and outdated infrastructures are still a reality for many organizations which is creating quite the conundrum for IT. In today’s environment of digital transformation and connectivity, can IoT and traditional networks play together nicely?
The IoT Movement
The term, Internet of Things, has been around for a long time. Well, long for the IT industry. Despite its “longevity,” it hasn’t started progressing at the speed at which it was originally anticipated until now. A huge reason for this is another hot and sexy trend in IT occurring as we speak. Yep, we’re talking about digital transformation.
The digital transformation movement has really given IoT the legs it needs to stand on to truly shine. This makes sense because both IoT and digital transformation, at their core, are focused on automation and enabling innovation. So, naturally, both ideologies work together harmoniously.
For us, it’s exciting to see IoT finally take off after years of it bubbling expectantly under the surface. To paint a picture of its impact, Gartner estimates that 20.4 billion IoT devices will be deployed by 2020. While this figure is staggering, it’s also important to note that currently, only 29% of organizations globally and across all industries have adopted IoT. With that being said, 84% of those organizations have increased their IoT spend and project deployments in the last year.
The opportunities IoT creates for organizations sets them up for long term success. Once an organization successfully adopts and implements IoT best practices, they are setting themselves up to experience streamlined maintenance, cost effectiveness, innovation and efficiency through data and analytics and overall agility.
Despite the opportunities that come with IoT, the obstacle of traditional networks and outdated infrastructure looms menacingly in the distance.
Traditional Networks in the Digital Age
It’s a reality we have to face. Traditional networks weren’t designed for IoT and that’s a major buzzkill.
The challenges that arise between IoT and traditional networks are centered around connectivity, scalability, resilience and security. To break it down even further, new devices are deploying huge amounts of data from the edge, which has to be accommodated and directed between fog, core and cloud in a seamless and scalable way that retains the integrity of the data and the system it moves through, particularly as both grow.
Unfortunately, networking in the IoT world has proven to be difficult. It is slow and expensive to work with telecom carriers to deploy custom hardware, circuits and VPNs. Every network administrator knows the nightmares associated with traditional VPN connections and hardware, especially at scale. Since SD-WAN and VPN architectures weren’t designed for the IoT application topology, you’re also saddled with complex security problems trying to bandage together old architectures to meet the needs of the new application topology.
NetFoundry & The Evolving Ecosystem
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft are investing heavily in R&D in ubiquity between fog, core, and cloud to support IIoT deployments of the future, and NetFoundry is dedicating our lives to solving the connectivity conundrum that ties it all together.
Harnessing the power of our platform, orchestration tools, and the context-specific nature of AppWANs, administrators and partners can easily establish software-only, zero trust, identity-driven networks with application and device specificity at scale. IoT AppWANs are secure-by-design, leveraging software defined perimeter (SDP) architectures, least privilege access and virtual network function (VNF) architectures to secure, protect and isolate your IoT deployment from attacks such as DDoS, Man-in-the-Middle, botnets and spoofing.
We recently partnered with Micron, and, leveraging their device identity and hardware roots of trust, developed a solution with AppWANs that secure communications between connected car IoT and the cloud. Integron, a healthcare IoT leader managing over one million devices, selected NetFoundry to integrate into its healthcare IoT security strategy, ensuring the protection of personal medical data. The partnership allows Integron to embed the NetFoundry platform within their managed service solution, providing improved flexibility, configurability, and time-to-market control for IoT private networks, and IoT security for their deployments.
Partner, vendor, and device integration is central to our story. NetFoundry is a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry. Their vision is to create a common interoperability framework that enables an ecosystem of plug-and-play, ‘EdgeX Certified’ components.
To learn more about the advantages our platform for IoT, contact us today.