How the Internet of Things Creates an Unstructured Data Challenge

This post is the second installment in our new series, The Unstructured Data Explosion, which will detail the new file growth challenges facing today’s leading businesses and industries.

The rise of the Internet of Things, or IoT, is typically talked about in terms of how it will impact the average person. As more machines and sensors communicate and share information with one another, the potential applications are limitless, from smarter homes to more intelligent bridges. When it comes to businesses, though, the IoT generates a unique set of challenges. Once a company decides to take advantage of connected technologies, that enterprise could be inviting massive unstructured data growth.

Here at Nasuni, we usually look at the growth of unstructured data in terms of more familiar business files such as documents, images, videos and architectural or engineering renderings. The IoT, on the other hand, is typically associated with the generation of structured data. As a result, this particular data growth phenomenon might not seem like a problem suited for an Enterprise File Services solution. But the devices and instruments that make up the IoT will often send data in the form of files, which an application will then pick up and analyze. Even if these files eventually get loaded into a database and become structured data, the original files may still need to be securely stored for archival purposes. So the IoT is creating a real unstructured data problem, too.

“Nasuni ensures that IoT technologies don’t create expensive, unmanageable and potentially insecure data growth problems that negatively impact business.”

Addressing Unstructured Data Growth

An increasing number of companies are approaching us in search of a way to address this pain. For example, we recently began working with a leading provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies. Once this company deploys its sensors and control systems at customer sites, these devices immediately start communicating, and our client can then monitor and suggest ways to optimize their performance. But as all these systems talk to each other, and communicate measurements or readings, they produce a tremendous amount of unstructured data. The company needed a way to store, protect and manage all that data. They knew that storing all those machine-generated files on traditional arrays would have been a costly long term strategy. Instead, they needed a flexible solution with unlimited, on-demand capacity, and Nasuni turned out to be the ideal fit.

I’m not going to detail all the benefits of Nasuni File Services, and how our enterprise storage solution helps companies that are building the IoT in unexpected ways. The main point is that we’re helping these technology leaders run more efficient and effective businesses. Nasuni ensures that IoT technologies don’t create expensive, unmanageable and potentially insecure data growth problems that negatively impact business. Instead, Nasuni allows IoT companies to put aside mundane storage concerns and focus on how they’re going to get the most out of this amazing new technology and all the data it generates.