Gigaom Research webinar: Connecting the IoT: Virtual networks, physical devices, and the era of software-defined everything

The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities to increase the efficiencies of existing processes while planning a complete reinvention and transformation of future business. The potential upside is enormous, and the cost of ignoring it is just as large, but managing the flow of data necessary to achieve this change won’t be easy. The IoT will generate entirely new types of data, with much more frequent updates of much smaller size, on unpredictable schedules, with a wide range of QoS requirements. To provide the dynamic control over performance and scale of applications that connected devices will require, the industry will have to move toward software-based solutions like Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

As we enter the era of “software-defined everything” and the world connects tens of billions of devices over the next decade, the demand for flexibility, agility, and adaptability will only grow.

In this webinar, our panel will address these questions:

  • What are the operational and business efficiencies of the IoT, and how will businesses use it?
  • How is IoT-generated traffic fundamentally different?
  • Where do current network architectures succeed and fail?
  • What are the challenges and benefits of SDN and NFV?
  • How should businesses and network operators plan to manage traffic for their connected devices?

Speakers include:

  • Cormac Foster, Research Director, Gigaom Research
  • Rich Morrow, founder / head geek, quicloud LLC
  • Greg Ferro, Independent Analyst/Writer, Contract Network Engineer/Architect
  • Gareth Noyes, Chief Strategy Officer, SVP Strategy & Corporate Development, Wind River

Register here to join Gigaom Research and Wind River for “Connecting the IoT: Virtual networks and physical devices,” a free analyst webinar on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. PT.