Internet of Things (IoT) applications seem to be hot on the enterprise wish list.
Businesses want to increase customer engagement, gather useful product and marketing data and, in the end, win customer loyalty and new business.
Unfortunately, every day brings new press reports of privacy invasions or worse.
Stories about TV sets monitoring viewing habits, researchers commanding automobiles to stop on public roads and cellphone cameras spying on their owners have raised customer concerns.
While security is a hot topic for the architects of IoT devices and applications, good IoT infrastructure planning shouldn’t stop there, and should also include best practices for IoT interconnection at the digital edge.
Although not exhaustive, here are a few priorities that should be part of your IoT planning process:
IoT business environments cannot function without a robust and resilient interconnection backbone at the digital edge. Paying close attention to the following factors and best practices early in your IoT planning will ensure your IoT connection capability is fast, safe and scalable:
Integration — How many different services and microservices will you want to integrate to create an IoT application?
What suppliers with established integrated IoT platforms are available to help?
Consider placing your IoT infrastructure on a multi-vendor integration platform to gain secure and efficient integration with provider-neutral flexibility.
Security — How sensitive is the data your IoT workloads will process? Will this require dedicated or private links?
How will various types of attacks be handled? What will be done to compartmentalise the data flows to reduce potential data loss if there is an attack?
Can the “surface area” be reduced through the use of an integrated IoT platform that would also reduce enterprise exposure?
By deploying dedicated/private links, keeping attacks isolated and localised, and compartmentalising traffic flows, you can dramatically reduce your enterprise exposure.
Take the time now to plan out your long-term enterprise IoT infrastructure strategy so it doesn’t grow organically in the wrong direction.
Start with a plan to enable fast, secure and scalable interconnection, out at the digital edge, to put your enterprise on the right IoT path.
Article by Chiaren Cushing, Equinix blog network