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IoT networks need an overhaul to keep up with data demands

IoT and edge computing are revolutionizing the technology used across industries, and not even the network is safe from an upgrade.

A traditional network architecture consists of device, gateway and platform layers. Accommodating a network for IoT involves not only the data center, but the cloud and edge, increasing the distance data must travel for analysis and storage. IoT devices create a massive amount of data, which puts more strain on the existing network infrastructure.

For an IoT deployment to succeed, organizations must prepare their network infrastructure for a flood of data from the furthest reaches of the network to reduce latency and security risks. IT managers must understand how each piece -- including 5G, Wi-Fi, gateways, user interfaces and platforms -- of the IoT network integrates and how business priorities affect network architecture.

Each industry has its own requirements when it comes to security and data analysis. IoT networks expand the attack surface, which could put patient data at risk in the healthcare industry. Manufacturing plants need analysis to predict when machines will break to prevent extensive downtime or putting their workers at risk. A general IoT architecture upgrade will work, but to successfully deploy a network for IoT, organizations must tailor their infrastructure for that specific use.

This handbook outlines how business requirements will affect your IoT network build, takes a deep dive into specific IoT network architecture and explores IoT topology options.

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