With the growth and advent of Internet of Things (IoT), businesses are gearing up to stay abreast with latest technologies and innovations by enhancing their product/service offerings. An independent technology research and consulting firm named 451 Research has reported that the patterns of IoT spend by companies signals the increase in demand for IT infrastructure in 2017-18 which is welcoming news for data infrastructure industry.

According to Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things, Workloads, and Key Projects – Quarterly Advisory Survey: 65.6 percent of respondents plan to increase their spending on IoT projects in the next 12 months, with the average spend increase totaling 17.7 percent. Only 2.7 percent of respondents are planning to decrease spending. The extensive research surveys involved responses from end users conducted in 2016-17, majorly included responses from IT decision makers in regions like North America, Asia, and Europe.

The companies carrying out IoT projects in upcoming 12 months envision to increase their IT infrastructure capacities by the following percentages:

  • Storage Capacity – 32.4%
  • Network Edge Equipment – 30.2%
  • Server Infrastructure – 29.4%
  • Off-premises Cloud Infrastructure – 27.2%

As evident, IoT has a clear impact on demand for storage infrastructure.

“Companies are processing IoT workloads at the edge today to improve security, process real-time operational action triggers, and reduce IoT data storage and transport requirements,” Rich Karpinski, Research Director for Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things said. “While some enterprises say that in the future they will spend more on analytics – including a huge chunk of data processing and analysis are driven by big data or AI – at the network edge, for now, that deeper analysis is happening in company-owned data centers or the public cloud.”

Data Center Management, Surveillance, and Security Monitoring are the top IoT use cases. Also, line-of-business-centric supply chain management and operations-focused facilities automation are predicted to be the major IoT project priorities in next two years.


With rapidly increasing IoT workloads, another major concern of companies after storage infrastructure is fetching skilled workforce and technicians. Topmost skills in demand in this domain are such as virtualization capabilities, security, and data analytics. Interestingly, there are no clear security standards for IoT devices as of now, but the U.S. government is presently working on to come out with legislation to set standards for the same.