Building IoT-ready networks must become a priority

The Internet of Things (IoT) era has arrived, and over the next few years, billions of devices will be connected to company networks. How many? ZK Research has forecast that by 2022, there will be 80 billion connected devices. (Note: I am an employee of ZK Research.)

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Given many network managers struggle running today’s networks, adding orders of magnitude more devices certainly won’t make life better. Even if it seems IoT may be a few years off, it’s critical that network professionals start prepping their network now.

To help understand what the challenges are and what’s involved in building an IoT network, I interviewed Heitor Faroni, director of solutions marketing for the Network Business Division at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

Zeus: I know Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has been very active with IoT. Building an IoT-ready network presumes that IoT is right around the corner. Where are we in the adoption of IoT, and what should customers expect over the next three to five years? 

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