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IIoT Poised To Drive Oz IT At Furious Pace In 2017: Vertiv

IIoT Poised To Drive Oz IT At Furious  Pace In 2017: Vertiv

The Internet of Things – and especially the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) – will begin to drive the ITC markets at a headlong pace in Australia in 2017, says Robert Linsdell, managing director of A/NZ operations at Vertiv, the business formerly known as Emerson Network Power.

IIoT spending in Australia alone will hit $500 billion by 2020, he says, quoting figures from Accenture.

Emerson was bought by Platinum Equity for a cool US$4 billion in a deal announced in August and completed on December 1, with the company renamed Vertiv. It designs, builds and services critical infrastructure for datacentres and communication networks.

Linsdell, who previously held the same MD role at Emerson A/NZ, says distributed IT and IIoT are pushing information technology resources closer to users and processes.

“It is all about need for data at the edge and around a locality, to have the infrastructure edge anywhere,” Linsdell told CDN. “This will continue anywhere where a lot of data is generated. But we don’t know what it will end up looking like: the playing field is so broad and can encompass all applications and services.”

Linsdell said that security will also continue to be a major concern for datacentre management. He pointed to recent high-profile outages in Australia such as the ABS census failure and AWS’s outage, which he said had been linked to datacentre problems. (Presumably you can now add this week’s ATO effort to that list.)

Meanwhile, he says, speed-to-market will push organisations to close the gaps between engineering, construction and completion phases. Frost & Sullivan recently forecast the datacentre services market in Australia would reach $2.05 billion by 2021, up from $976 million in 2015.  – Kate Castellari

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