There is no doubt that the future of healthcare is tied securely to the Internet of Things (IoT). While healthcare technology has always been on the rise, the global pandemic has accelerated digital medical device usage into the mainstream with patients and providers alike. The Medical IoT now influences all aspects of medical care – from diagnosis, measurement, and monitoring to surgery and patient care.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a host of physical devices around the world that collect and share data across the internet. The rise of wireless networks and cheap data processors makes it possible to turn anything into part of the IoT. This adds a certain level of digital intelligence to devices that enable them to communicate without human involvement, effectively merging the physical and digital worlds. In doing so, however, we have created a new concern for IoT internet requirements
The proliferation of new technologies has led to a surge in the demand for bandwidth. For businesses to stay competitive, it's necessary to keep up with this demand. There are a few ways for companies to go about doing this.
One of the biggest new developments in the business landscape of late is real-time communications. This is a technology that's offering up some opportunities for businesses to connect -- both within and without -- and carry on in ways that weren't possible just a few years ago. Even as these new opportunities have emerged, though, so too have new challenges cropped up.
Is it time to get rid of the wide-area network (WAN)? Some would say it is, but almost as many would say that it's just time for a better WAN. Making a WAN better calls for some fairly serious changes, but those changes can make the system more ready to take on the ever-increasing demands of modern business.
The Very Fabric of WANs Has Altered
More and more networks are getting away from the old standard of multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), a big part of the WAN since the 1990s, and are moving instead to software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology.
Many enterprise users are discovering that business-grade or even some consumer-facing internet connections are offering more bandwidth than standard WAN services. To pass up such options, therefore, would leave businesses at a marked disadvantage.
Though not every business is moving in this direction, many are developing a hybrid WAN environment that calls on both the standard WAN and the overall internet to deliver the best in value.
Changes in the Cloud
The cloud in general is bringing some of the biggest changes to WAN. Greater scalability than ever is now readily accessible, and new options in apps are coming into play.
- Increased scalability. With WAN and cloud systems working together, there's a better ability to take advantage of collocations and remote operations. Small and medium-sized business (SMB) users are particularly interested in this phenomenon, and more and more, the larger data center is pretty much a province of large-scale operations.
- New app options. With increasing cloud-based options coming available, that means new apps available on every front. Using WAN to tap into those new apps opens up options ranging from big data analysis to customer relationship management (CRM) tools and more.
Changes From the IoT
The IoT is also representing a game-changing experience for WAN operations. Thanks to the IoT's nature as what amounts to an internet of interconnected systems, the end result is both opportunity and hazard.
- Greater demand for security. With all this data flowing through a system, and more points than ever requiring access, the data prizes are richer and the means of access that much easier. A greater demand for security therefore, naturally follows.
- Capacity management is almost as vital. New data is likely to stretch demand for bandwidth to a fever pitch. Trying to keep capacity straight will be vital to ensure the network can handle all the demands placed on it, making capacity management crucial.
How Can I Manage All These Changes?
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changes. While IoT and cloud systems will affect the WAN, MHO Networks has expertise in the connectivity that next-generation networks will require. Our experience in offering superior internet will help you take the greatest advantage of these new and powerful systems.