Boiling it down, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting existing devices and adding new devices to any network, be it internet or local networks. For companies aiming at increased digitization, IoT can be extremely beneficial in terms of streamlining operations and gathering data, often easing management and allowing for significant cost reductions
What is often neglected are the associated complications caused by the increase of devices and relative reduction of human operators. Increased maintenance costs are bound to follow an increase in the number of devices, and so does the risk for downtime and inefficient management.
According to Gartner, as much as 80% of IT costs are incurred after the initial purchase, with downtime and maintenance quoted as the biggest sinners.
Fortunately, management systems can go a long way in mitigating these concerns. Ideally, the system provides the user with a good overview and enables remote backup and recovery, while also offering predictability. As a result, many companies have implemented such system health monitoring features and management routines into their products and software.
However, these features all rely on a risky assumption: that the device itself remains operational. In most instances when the operating system (OS) crashes, such management systems can no longer access the device. Consequentially, the only solution is to send a technician out to fix it manually— a costly and labor-intensive solution that is simply unsustainable in a world where the number of internet-connected devices is growing at an exponential pace.
This white paper will explain how out-of-band storage solutions can overcome these challenges by leveraging an independent channel embedded in the solid-state drives (SSDs) of the new InnoAGE series developed by Innodisk Corporation.