4 Ways To Simplify & Get Practical With Your IoT Management

4 Ways To Simplify & Get Practical With Your IoT Management

“How well do you know your IoT network? If you’ve had to stop and think you’ve answered our question”.

Having confidence in your operational capabilities to deliver efficient connections and real-time insights is a myth without effective IoT management. A business’s head can become a murky place swimming with data on their IoT network that often gets pushed into unseen depths. This, however, doesn’t have to be the case. So, how can you throw out a lifeline, simplify and get practical with your IoT management? Below is a list of ways to enhance your management skills to boost your confidence.

 

1. Cloud Network Management

Rather than trying to maintain traditional device-focused networks, businesses should introduce wan-optimised cloud networks to improve the reliability of IoT connectivity. Cloud computing provides a great base for IoT networks as it has ample storage space for IoT data. Without the cloud, IoT data may have to be stored in multiple servers, which makes it much harder to analyse and compare. If you are currently unsure where all your data is being stored and collected, Open-AudIT can collect your data from multiple networks, ensuring that it is organised, catalogued and easily configurable into meaningful reports.

 

2. Ensure Scalability

Over 25B units, that is the 2021 expert forecasts for install base IoT endpoints, with services spending $500B on IoT. So it’s time to pivot, businesses need to be flexible in introducing new devices and expanding their IoT network. An IoT network should be ready for the lights, camera and action of integrating new services, apps and data; without the negative effect on their networks. Gartner mirrors the importance of scalability and practical IoT infrastructure management in this podcast.

 

3. AI

From chatbots to automated customer service enquiries, automation is being introduced in multiple areas of a business. The stronger your communication between devices on an IoT network, the more processes that can be efficiently automated. You’ll have the power for devices to be able to communicate with each other over a query; saving the time of a physical employee transporting information from one database to another.

 

Why Is Simplifying Your IoT Management Beneficial?

By simplifying your IoT management, you allow your IoT network to work more efficiently. For example, work processes will become more streamlined and everyday tasks can be completed intuitively. This leads to better customer satisfaction and engagement. Employees in your business will also benefit from simplified IoT management as they will have a streamlined workflow and will be able to manage their time more effectively. Open-AudIT will ensure employees have maximum control over network devices, so they have more time to focus on creative tasks. This will help employees to feel more valued, helping you attract and retain the best team members.

 

How To Start Practical Iot Management?

Before you try to simplify your IoT management before the whistle goes off, understanding of the current condition of your IoT network is essential. Use tools like Open-audIT to see beneath the surface with precise x-ray vision quality device discovery and control. Simplifying the end-to-end process Opmantek tools allow users to gain unparalleled visibility into their IoT network, giving businesses the chance to grow on a global level.

Practical IoT management involves more than just managing IoT data, it involves managing how IoT devices connect and communicate with one another. The best way to start IoT management is by having a clear and thorough understanding of your IoT network. With greater understanding and control of the devices of your IoT network, you’ll be able to make more accurate choices about how you use your data and what software would benefit your network. For more guidance about practical IoT management, talk to our experts about showing you a live demo.

Reimagining The Internet Project Gets Funding

Reimagining The Internet Project Gets Funding

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the TCP/IP protocols which allowed robust high-speed communications between interconnected devices on a WAN. When the 26-year-old Vint Cerf developed the protocols in his lab at the University of California he had no idea how important they would become.

Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) are the foundations of the internet. These two simple protocols allow us to: send emails, connect to cloud services, get directions to our smartphone, buy from Amazon and stream movies from Netflix.

 

The internet is starting to show its age

50 years is a long time in computer science and the World Wide Web is starting to creak under the strain of having to connect an ever-growing number of devices. Initially, these two protocols were only designed to transmit relatively small amounts of data between remote routers and switches located in different states.
With the use of cloud services increasing such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Machine-Learning tools like TensorFlow mean, they are now tasked with transmitting TBs of data across the globe. An ever-growing list of connected devices including Internet of Things (IoT) and smartphones is consistently impacting the reliability of services.

 

A new internet fit for the 21st century

Any network admin who uses network management software to monitor traffic across domains, knows the pressure weighing on the current system. Most network management systems control traffic to maintain QoS and reduce bottlenecks; this approach can only go so far before services are impacted.
So, it is no surprise that computer scientists are starting to explore new ways of sharing data between devices. As part of this initiative, the National Science Foundation has funded an umbrella project to help reimagine the internet. The $20 million funds will allow computer scientists to begin developing new protocols and architectures to solve the issues prevalent in the current infrastructure.

 

The scheme joins one of many initiatives which have been set up to explore how the internet will work going forward. A range of technologies is being considered to replace TCP/IP including bandwidth and routing based on blockchain technology.

One such group is FileStorm and YottaChain who are jointly working on a distributed storage system based on blockchain. They say this will be more secure and resilient than existing cloud technologies and will require fewer resources making it cheaper for companies to run.

The system uses a new Interplanetary File Storage (IPFS) protocol to distribute data files with each transaction recorded in the blockchain. IPFS distributes file parts synchronously from multiple computers at the same time, which in theory should make the system more resilient to data loss than current systems.

While BlockApps is developing a similar decentralized platform using blockchain to record the location of file snippets on nodes spread across the world. This approach is more secure than legacy file storage systems because only the blockchain knows the location of each file snippet making it impossible to hack entire files.

 

Conclusion

While this technology is still in the embryonic stage and is yet to be proven at scale, Next-Generation Internet technology promises to disrupt networking and cloud computing as we know it.
In theory, such technologies will offer superior file transfer times, stronger security, greater resilience and reduced operating costs. This will result in a new breed of cloud-based services to replace legacy ones and could herald a new dawn for AI connected apps and big data.

Harnessing the IoT phenomenon

Harnessing the IoT phenomenon

Over the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has made a substantial progression into our everyday lives. With this comes an opportunity for Australia to grow exponentially in a variety of sectors; this is crucial as, if we truly do embrace the full extent of IoT and IT auditing, then as a country our companies will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this new ICT and industry renaissance. At present, Australia is placed 11th in Accenture’s model of countries that are ready to embrace IoT potential; if we take full measures now, however, then we may well find ourselves in the top 10.

 

In the assessment “The internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype” published by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), predictions suggest that harnessing the potential of IoT could result in an additional impact of up to $116 billion by 2025 – that’s a mere six years away. As Australian industries have undoubtedly plateaued in recent years in terms of economic growth, we’re at risk of a country-wide retrogression if something isn’t done soon. IoT auditing and data management is the perfect gateway to avoid such stagnation. http://bit.ly/2ZbnQMv

 

So how do we go about such measures?

Firstly, one has to step back and view the sheer scope of IoT versatility. By 2020 there will be tens of billions of new devices to be interconnected via the internet, and the potential of where these can each be located is limitless. Whether it’s a smart meter in your home or a distant weather sensor on a remote station, anything can be accessed. Thus, a stronger method of network management needs to be implemented. In order to fully comprehend what Australia’s next steps should be, a clear set of data should be gathered; this is where IoT auditing comes in.

 

But why should we?

The auditing of IoT information can allow companies to develop a coherent data strategy in order to maximise their usage of the rise of the Internet of Things. Not only will this allow businesses to boom and expand into new industrial and commercial horizons, but it also creates room for the fixing of potential problems that may arise with IoT, such as implementation time and asset control. As our own Opmantek CTO Keith Sinclair says, “business processes are dependent on the transient. You simply can’t fix what you can’t see.” So as you can see, IoT auditing is essential if you wish to receive accurate data location of your assets and more in seconds.

 

And how do we go about it?

Luckily, Opmantek’s Open-AudI allows users to gain unparalleled visibility and clarity of your assets with the IoT space, giving the chance for enterprise growth on a global level. While most organisations struggle with a day-to-day capturing and analysis of data, Open-AudIT makes it simple and effective. Open-AudIT has the ability to intelligently scan an organization and collect significant amounts of data from large and varying networks, that is catalogued and configured into meaningful reports. If your business is missing something as incredibly unequivocal as the Open-AudIT, then contact us today to get a quote and a demo.

The importance of network visibility in response to the Internet of Things

The importance of network visibility in response to the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has led to many businesses capitalising on the computational potential and the increase in data available in everyday objects. The breadth of devices with internet connectivity has been increasing exponentially, CEB (CEBglobal – IoT Security Primer) suggests that the number of connections will grow from 6 million in 2015 to 27 billion by 2025. This increase has led to many new products and many new vendors operating in a market that can be vulnerable to catastrophic attacks. They continue by saying almost 40% of businesses believe that Poor Visibility and Understanding is their leading risk management challenge.

The underlying problem with a network that is considered to have poor visibility is the limited ability to discover everything that is connected to it. NMIS can manage any device that has an IP address, so if it is connected to your network, directly or indirectly, NMIS will know.

With the evolution of devices, there should be equal to greater sophistication in the understanding practices that are used to monitor devices. NMIS collects information from any device on your network and by using the ‘sysObjectId’ variable, it can attribute a vendor to the device from the Enterprise list. The list of vendors is continually expanding, you can peruse the most common list here. However, the true functionality of NMIS is the ability to control new vendors. This process is better explained – Here!

The increased visibility combined with custom thresholding using NMIS, there will be greater control over your network. Users of NMIS will be familiar with SNMP and device modelling, but there are more custom controls that are available. Watch Keith Sinclair (Opmantek CTO) present a webinar that walkthroughs the use of MIBs for custom function, device modelling and custom thresholding. This webinar is located – Here!

 

Here at Opmantek, we are constantly looking for new ways to help your workday. If you have any feature requests, webinar topics or ideas you would like to see get developed, don’t hesitate to reach out.