Most enterprises are prepared for the Internet of Things (IoT) and see its business potential. But the reality is that there may not be enough network capacity to handle the increased demand in connected devices, according to a recent survey of 400 IT professionals in the U.S. and U.K. by network control company Infoblox.
Of the IT pros surveyed, 90 percent said they were either planning or already implementing solutions to cope with the increased demands on networking caused by IoT projects.
Additionally, 78 percent of the respondents said they had the budget and the staff to deal with the explosion of connected devices. And as unlikely as it seems given the overall trends toward flat or limited IT budgets, 89 percent of the IT pros who responded to the survey said they were likely to receive more funding in the next year to respond to IoT demands, with 73 percent saying they would be adding staff.
The Network's the Thing
However, although 86 percent of IT professionals surveyed understood what would be required of their networks for IoT deployments, and almost half (46 percent) expected these deployments to become part of their organization's existing IT networks, more than half (57 percent) said their networks were already at full capacity. And 54 percent identified network infrastructure management as high priorities for their organizations.
"It's encouraging that the majority of IT professionals recognize the demands the Internet of Things will make on their networks," said Cricket Liu, chief infrastructure officer at Infoblox. "Network administrators have struggled in recent years to stay on top of the 'bring your own device' trend, and the IoT will create an increase in end points that is an order of magnitude greater."
But, Liu said, many networks' teams will have to respond to the IoT without significant increases in budgets or staffing. "Network automation will become crucial as IT departments confront this massive growth in network complexity," he added.
Security Is Another Thing
The survey also found that almost two-thirds of respondents (63 percent) said that the IoT is a threat to network security. Liu agreed. "With so many objects and IP addresses being added, it's important for network teams to keep track of what's on their network at any given point, and also to bear in mind all these objects and IP addresses are potential weak links in an organization's IT infrastructure," he said. (continued...)