Here in San Francisco, it’s not unheard of to see a shopper in your local farmer’s market sporting their new Google Glass while picking up dinner. A new era, with a surge of different PC-like devices, is dawning. Customers are consuming more data in apps, games, and communications, and the way they are accessing data continues to move away from the desktop into the realm of wearable mobile devices. Not only do companies need to keep pace with new demands in the mobile device market, such as an increasing focus on wearable devices, but their data streaming capabilities will also need to match that vigorous pace. The efficiency, location, and speed of the data center will be mission critical to many companies. In order to remain competitive and capitalize on these changes in mobility, your users’ data must be accessible on their mobile device at any time from anywhere in the world.
Wearable Products, Alternative Displays, and the Importance of Data Analysis
A new Juniper Research report recently revealed that retail revenue generated by wearable mobile devices is expected to reach $19 billion by the year 2018. These developments are changing the ways in which users interact with their devices, and new optical technologies need to be ready to change, as well. While current mobile devices rely heavily on display screens, as devices continue to evolve, IT will increasingly need to focus instead on the stream of data.
How are displays changing? Some wearable products are built to display interfaces on a lens near a user’s eye, and scientific research has made progress in retinal display technology, which is a wearable screen that can rest on top of the eye, much like a contact lens. These new methods of computing output in the form of wearable displays will integrate streaming information in users’ lives like second nature.
When users want to access the data from these wearable devices, they turn to the cloud rather than an internal harddrive. We can now use these gadgets to do anything from managing our health and fitness, as in the case of wearable fitness bands, to managing our finances, and we expect to be able to access that real-time data at any time. A new Rackspace study released earlier this year offered impressive numbers, claiming that “eighty-two percent of wearable technology users in America and 71 percent in Britain say that these cloud-powered devices enhance their lives.” So how do you ensure that users can always access the data streaming from these devices?
Massive Data Consumption Means Businesses Must Plan Ahead for Data Center Space
As more of these products hit the market, carriers will see an increasing demand for these data services. In fact, tomorrow’s devices will rely on cloud-based infrastructure so heavily that ideas like hard drives and other internal memory will become out of date concepts. Reliance on the datacenter, the “manufacturing hub” for mobile devices, is a reality for many businesses, and we’re looking for efficiency, cost, scalability and content distribution networks, among the many characteristics of the ideal datacenter.
It’s time to make sure your business is prepared to address this growing mobile industry by making sure your data capture and analysis are up to speed. Your users demand access to their data 24 hours a day and around the world. The higher the accuracy and the more complete the insight, the more useful the device will be to the user – without properly handled data, the device just becomes another unnecessary piece of hardware. With an eye on the array of wearable devices coming to mass consumption in the near future, the data center can provide the competitive advantage of a cost-efficient and reliable stream of data between your users and their wearable devices.
Are you ready for these realities? Contact Mosaic NetworX today for a consultation about advanced data center solutions.