Five Reasons Why Telcos Won’t Solve IoT Connectivity
By 2018, the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to be an industry worth 470 billion dollars. The changes in networking needs for IoT will open multiple opportunities for both new and existing companies in the connectivity space.
IoT services require flexible, stable, and efficient networks. As opportunities grow exponentially, so will the connectivity challenges. Big telcos, naturally, are eager to claim they are uniquely poised to meet those challenges. A recent article in Forbes made the argument that telcos already have the systems, practices, and networks in place to fill networking needs for IoT and the global enterprise.
But they have a long way to go. Telcos do hold a near monopoly on managing multiple devices and endpoints in a digitally connected world, but the majority of them are still held back by their reliance on MPLS for all their networking.
Here’s why networking with MPLS is not a powerful solution for the IoT.
- IoT relies on a stable network infrastructure to connect devices and data centers to each other. But MPLS is slow to deploy, as it can take months or even years to set up a new link, and slow to scale, meaning that larger links take weeks or months to spin up.
- IoT relies on sensors at end-points or devices that collect data and deliver it to a central data center or cloud location. MPLS is ill-equipped for this: it only offers private direct links. It is virtually unfeasible to think of deploying MPLS to every single endpoint within an IoT system.
- MPLS does not address cloud/SaaS connectivity to end-users. It cannot work in all cloud instances without workarounds, like backhauling—which degrades the quality of the connection and requires even more workarounds, like WAN Optimization. MPLS-reliant telcos have no choice but to retrofit for this, which is expensive, slow, and extremely likely to stumble over network traffic.
- Telcos would need to rely on private lines for real-time data communication. They cannot put a private connection (like MPLS) into every IoT device.
- Legacy MPLS relies on multiple providers to connect branch offices and remote users worldwide, it does not have the ability to provide the real-time end-to-end network transparency that IT departments need to monitor and maintain optimum performance, either in the network or in IoT devices.
SD-WAN offers what MPLS cannot: flexibility, faster application access, full transparency for IT workers, and finally, much lower costs. SD-WAN delivers a significantly better performance for cloud and on-premises applications — voice, video and data — for enterprise datacenters, branch offices, and remote/mobile employees, and, yes, the myriad devices that will soon populate the IoT market.
But all SD-WANs are not created equal. Many SD-WAN vendors are dependent on the Internet for their connectivity, which is still very erratic and unreliable over long distances. The Internet is also plagued with unreliable latency and congestion-based packet loss, making it hard for providers to meet their Service Level Agreements.
That is why Aryaka has the only SD-WAN with a global private network. It’s delivered to its clients as a full service that enterprises connect to through local ISPs. The service is also application agnostic — it can connect to any location, any application, anywhere in the world. Best of all (and unlike MPLS) it can be deployed in days or hours, not weeks or months.
One Aryaka client, Augmedix, uses real time IoT wearable technology to free up doctors from administrative tasks so they can focus on their patients.
Augmedix switched to Aryaka’s SmartCONNECT. Low and predictable latency over SmartCONNECT ensured a smooth user experience for the real-time IoT application. This resulted in improved performance and increased adoption of the Augmedix solution, and significant time savings for doctors using this solution. Augmedix also gained real-time network and application visibility with Aryaka, something that is not available with Internet- or MPLS-based connectivity solutions.
Global enterprises cannot thrive if they’re dependent on yesterday’s connectivity solutions, and those who rely on outdated technology will struggle to keep up in the dynamic new IoT ecosystem. By choosing an SD-WAN solution is reliable, flexible, and designed to improve IoT performance, they will be free to focus on the innovation and growth that matters most in this exciting new space.
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