The IT industry is devoting a lot of time, money and energy to growth in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon and the new user, looking for anytime, anyplace and any device – PC, notebook, netbook, tablet (excuse me, iPad) or smartphone – access to information. However, while BYOD growth is impressive, with mobile device shipments up 30% year-over-year in Q1’12, it is the Machine to Machine (M2M) market that is poised to reshape the networking market.
M2M, also known as the Internet of Things, or my favorite, Rise of the Machines, refers to technologies that allow both wired and wireless devices to communicate with other devices. According to a new study from Visiongain, M2M revenues will be worth $38.1 billion this year.
With inexpensive microprocessors, sensors and connectivity, the “things” to be connected range from ATMs, kiosks, vending machines, smart meters, and digital signage to vehicles and household appliances. Within the next few years, M2M devices will represent more than half of all connected devices shipped annually. From an application perspective, a recent Gartner M2M survey examined horizontally focused point solutions, including asset tracking and location, asset monitoring and control, logistics control and optimization, asset serviceability, security monitoring, energy demand response, environmental monitoring, payment processing, messaging, notification and advertising, and regulatory compliance monitoring.
Cisco predicts that mobile data traffic will grow 18-fold between 2011 and 2016 reaching 10.8 exabytes per month — or an annual run rate of 130 exabytes — by 2016. M2M traffic, which is expected to surge 258% by 2014, with the managed mobile M2M services market to be worth $20 billion, will represent 5% percent of 2016 data volume.
An M2M system is likely to need to process many millions of events per second while maintaining very low and predictable latencies, writes Oracle partner, Tim Hardy, in a new blog. There is significant opportunity to obtain value from the data that can be collected from the “Internet of Things,” but the growth of this opportunity is such that scale impacts architecture choices significantly, he notes.
With “things” poised to become the biggest driver of Internet traffic, network optimization will become even more important as organizations must ensure the right data gets to the right people at the right time.