The Internet of Things (IoT) is often viewed as one of the biggest growth opportunities for computing: just think of all the appliances and other items that could stand to incorporate an Internet-connected processor. And, of course, more data center infrastructure would be needed to provide backing for all these new network nodes. If it realizes the hopes of many proponents, the IoT could be a tremendous source of growth for the industry. According to Gartner, these hopes have reached their peak, with the IoT hitting the acme of hype.
In addition, Gartner’s hype cycle places big data on the slide into the “trough of disillusionment”—that time when all the blustering about the marvels of a new technology is swept aside in favor of a more realistic assessment. Big data analytics—that thing that companies must have (or, supposedly, die)—may finally be reaching the point where it is viewed more soberly.
For the Internet of Things, a number of lingering questions must be answered before it can really come to fruition, such as how the security concerns should be addressed.
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