On M2M: Redundancy is a Necessity

How M2M Networks Can Eliminate Enterprise Inefficiencies

Every successful business wants to meet the same basic goals: The need to be efficient, the ability to reduce or eliminate redundancies, and in the process, to be profitable. In your business, you may view redundancies as inefficient, leading to lost profits. In a Machine to Machine (M2M) network however, redundancies mean gained profits.

Let me explain. We were introduced to new terminology last year and it is immediately understandable. It is called the Internet of Things, or IoT. This is a world where machines talk to each other, machine to machine or M2M and because of that communication, makes your business more profitable. Even IT folks are struggling with all of the M2M possibilities and when you begin to discuss the necessity of redundancy, they might even glaze over. M2M in the IoT means ROI.

Here is the world in a nutshell. Machines are massively distributed across a wide variety of different functions. In order to make it all connect, a service provider will need to move faster than your competition. To do this, gradual transitioning is not optimal. In order to see a significant increase in your ROI, the provider must understand the need for quick installations, even speedier configurations, and in the process, keep your key IT people up-to-speed with a variety of protocols, interfaces, and automation.

This will only be accomplished with a cloud. Not just any cloud but one of humbling size, capable of creating unbridled connectivity, deploying nodes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. This will require tools that will, in essence, flatten out the skill level needed to rollout these kinds of devices. Until then, a better-than-excellent provider like Broad Sky can make your access easier to the IoT world where M2M is much more fluid.

Network redundancy will need to be incorporated into the hardware as well. This will help achieve the sort of performance required, the type of connectivity expected, without the unexpected congestion that often occurs in these types of wireless associations.

Redundancies also need to be built into the overall security plan as well. This can be achieved with automatic failover linking data centers that will keep M2M networks available and connected in almost every possible situation. These types of safety nets are often grouped in virtual router redundancy protocols acting as an always-on pathway for individual routers. And always-on means always in business.