Realizing the Promise of the Internet of Things With A Common Platform For All Devices
The IoT holds promise to improve everything from your health, to transport, to the infrastructure and operational services in the city where you live. While numerous challenges like security and functional standards must be addressed before this promise can be fulfilled, the most basic need is to make sense of the torrent of information created every second by hundreds of thousands of devices.
Traditionally a complicated environment, datacenters are now facing further challenges to simplify the integration of incompatible systems and enable IoT. Thousands of devices speak with a combination of proprietary protocols and software applications specific to siloed devices. The result is “gaps” between systems that result in imprecise control, stranded capacity and inefficient processes.
Through the power of a common, open platform, IT of all sizes – closets, edge, control rooms, enterprise data centers – is on the cusp of being able to experience the benefits of an IoT infrastructure. With advances such as translators that allow detection of non-IP devices, software that enables almost any device-to-user communication, gateways that can aggregate more information than imaginable and services that leverage the capabilities of open protocols, IT is positioned to improve efficiency, security, availability and flexibility.
The technology industry leaders of Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF http://www.dmtf.org/) recently created and published the DMTF Redfish specification as an open protocol, addressing communications of unlike devices, using simple, modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware. These developments will enable data centers to better meet the demands of organizations looking to use telemetry and big data to create competitive advantage and also create a roadmap for other environments where the IoT can drive improvements in efficiency and productivity.
With the advent of Redfish-enabled technologies, the potential of the IoT is starting to be realized in the data center, with aspirational but achievable changes on the horizon. Software, hardware and services are beginning to work together to gather data from multiple devices. RESTful APIs are working to translate output to be used in human-readable formats that allow users to See- Decide-Act – the process of seeing data and spaces, making informed decisions on how to optimize, and then implementing an action plan that enables your datacenter to be dynamic, scalable, simplified, secure and efficient, with real-time visibility, standardized and optimized processes, and with higher utilization.
President, Data Center Solutions Emerson Network Power
Steve Hassell is president of Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business in North America, where he is responsible for combining the Liebert North America and Avocent organizations into a single organization focused on delivering integrated solutions across facilities and IT in the data center.
Previously Steve was the president of the Avocent® business of Emerson Network Power after Emerson acquired Avocent Corporation in January 2010. He successfully integrated Avocent into Emerson Network Power, commercialized the TrellisTM platform for real-time, dynamic optimization of the data center infrastructure and positioned Emerson Network Power as the No.1 Data Center Infrastructure Management global solution provider.
Steve joined Emerson in February 2004 as vice president and chief information officer. He was responsible for all information technology hardware, software, services and telecommunications across Emerson. Steve came to Emerson from Invensys, where he served as chief information officer.
Prior to Invensys, Steve was at Northrop Grumman-Newport News where he rose through several positions in strategic planning and operations, ultimately becoming both vice president and chief information officer, and president and CEO of Naptheon, a wholly owned information technology subsidiary of Newport News. Additionally, Steve spent seven years as a surface line officer in the United States Navy.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
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