The Cloud Could Mitigate Data Protection Complexity in the Connected Future

Before connected devices and the emerging Internet of Things, companies produced and stored the majority of data in the digital universe. But with a new generation of devices like Nest, Google Glass and Apple Watch, consumers are adding to the piles of data that needs to be backed up and stored.  

More than 212 billion "things" will be connected in 2020, predicts IDC, and as companies store data from users around the world, they will rely on multiple data ingestion points to keep data stream flowing. 

While IoT may seem to escalate the complexity of data storage and protection in the future, Joe Arnold, CEO of SwiftStack, says it's the contrary. "Storage, with the advent of cloud-based systems, is actually simpler than it used to be, and it doesn’t have to be complicated by the entrance of IoT technology," Arnold writes on Venture Beat. "Instead, as IoT companies embrace a cloud-based storage model, a new frontier of big data will emerge, and IoT and storage will continue to evolve together for years to come." 

(via Venture Beat)

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