Today, technology is constantly evolving. From cloud computing and big data, and through to security, everyone is looking at how IT architecture and thinking is going to be impacted by the next big thing.
These changes have often come about organically, and as a result of business need rather than forward-planning, but that’s no longer the case because IoT – with its reliance on edge computing – is writing a different architecture story.
Edge computing removes businesses from the centralised data centers and data repositories that characterise traditional IT architecture, and security becomes even more paramount. As such, an awareness of all your company’s IT assets, and a failproof backup plan if a system happens to fail is critical. And for this, businesses need to think ahead.
With this in mind, here’s five best practices to ensure that you’re implementing IoT in the best way possible:
- Manage your assets – Knowing every piece of technology that is in your enterprise, and the data it contains is vital to developing a comprehensive and totally inclusive IT architecture.
- Be prepared for oddball IoT – Your IT architecture should reserve a spot for an automated communications protocol translator.
- Formalise a plan for edge and hybrid cloud computing – Orchestrating a data storage and transport plan that can combine cloud and on-premise computing will require a reworking of your IT architecture.
- Revise your disaster recovery and back up plan – Pretty self-explanatory, but 30% of companies still have no disaster recovery in plan.
- Enact “all points” security – One way to ensure security at the edges of your enterprise where end users are likely running the technology, is to implement a zero-trust network