Cisco CEO: Internet Of Things Will Reshape IT
Internet-connected devices will drive a new IT infrastructure that must support an "application economy," predicts Cisco CEO John Chambers, speaking at Interop.
The critical driver is the explosion of devices connected to the Internet -- everything from smartphones to smarter devices, such as sensors on industrial equipment, vehicles and consumer gadgets. Connected devices isn't a radical idea; it's the scale, said Chambers, that will make this trend powerful, going from 10 billion devices in 2010 to a predicted 50 billion by 2020, "and that number is probably way too low," he said.
As an example of why CEOs will care about connected devices, Chambers showed a demonstration of a Cisco system that lets someone entering a hospital log on to the Wi-Fi network using a personal ID or Facebook credential. Because it's a personalized login, it allows an app to pop up on the user's mobile device with individualized information, such as directions to the medical appointment. Read full story on InformationWeek
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