Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019: The four pillars to help the enterprise conquer IoT


IoT and software defined networking (SDN) are key components to help the enterprise move forward in a digital society.

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019: The four pillars to help the enterprise conquer IoT
IoT and software defined networking (SDN) are key components to help the enterprise move forward in a digital society.
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At the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019, TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox spoke with Kevin Donahue, distinguished architect at Verizon, about how the Internet of Things (IoT) and software defined networking (SDN) are enhancing the enterprise. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. 

Kevin Donahue: When I look at IoT, I actually go back many years ago to something that a gentleman by the name of John Gage with Sun Microsystems said in the 1980s, which is ‘The network is the computer.’ IoT is really distributed systems on a mass scale and when you’ve got components in a mobile device or in the network or legacy system or one of the hybrid cloud systems, it’s the connectivity of bringing all those things together that’s important. 

On our team, what we do is speak to customers and really focus the conversation around four pillars: Connectivity, security, visibility, and automation. In an enterprise, there’s any number of ways to connect–anything from a basic ethernet cable to a Bluetooth connection to Wi-Fi, 4G, and ultimately 5G. The connectivity is independent of the work to be done.

SEE: Internet of Things: Progress, risks, and opportunities (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

You need to be able to take all those things into consideration and apply the appropriate technology that is best suited for that particular thing. Historically, people have had security really at the device level–your cell phone, or maybe it’s in a network switch or firewall or something like that. 

Where really in the world of enterprise IoT, the security should be distributed and inherent and…



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