How will the internet of things impact storage infrastructure?
We’re seeing the second phase of the Internet of Things— new sensors are cropping up and organizations are now starting to analyze data, that in some cases, has been collecting for years. This phase brings a wealth of opportunities for businesses such as a more personalized customer experience or safer, more efficient infrastructure, while also creating new data management challenges. Data streams from sensors may have value in and of themselves, or the value may come from aggregating the data. Organizations need to decide what to save, how to store it, and for how long.

A power company executive recently commented about his Smart Meter data: “If I don’t store it, I don’t have to preserve it for 7 years for the regulators.” So, they only save exception data. Some sensor data may have value for future data mining, but has no immediate value; so it is preserved on low-cost storage tiers. Some sensor data is highly valuable in the very short term, and needs to be stored in memory or flash storage for a period of time. So, the Internet of Things will help organizations think about the value of data, and make appropriate storage tier and retention decisions. Automated storage tiering and policy-based data retention become essential technologies in the Internet of Things.

Scott Hebner in a SiliconANGLE article entitled, “IBM, Internet of Things + Big Data”