Gartner Research

The Top Three Impacts of IoT on Networks

Published: 17 March 2017

ID: G00316844

Analyst(s): Bill Menezes , Saniye Alaybeyi


IoT implementations affect the design and provisioning of enterprise network connectivity. I&O leaders responsible for network design and provisioning should use this research to identify the critical impacts of IoT projects on enterprise networks.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Most enterprise IoT projects driven from outside of IT often fail to identify and remediate the IoT implementation's impact on network elements, creating headaches for networking leaders
  • Cloud-centric IoT implementations have particularly sensitive network performance and latency requirements in data-heavy usage scenarios, requiring I&O leaders to adjust WAN infrastructure
  • Thing- and gateway-centric IoT implementations heavily impact LAN or WAN, requiring I&O leaders to resolve peer-to-peer communication challenges, minimize latency and ensure the availability of sufficient end-to-end bandwidth
  • Mobile smart-device-centric IoT architectures require I&O leaders to select providers that can meet cellular network availability and performance minimums that current mobile cellular endpoints may not demand

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