The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to a "horrific nightmare" in terms of asset management, according to Paul Davies, technical director at Coreix.
Davies said at V3 sister title Computing's Internet of Things Business Summit 2016 that his company is already seeing clients struggling to keep track of everything connected to their data centre as the IoT grows.
"When asked whether clients have a full inventory of everything connected in their data centre, there are many that don't, so it is going to be a horrific nightmare," said Davies.
The initial transition to IoT devices is the principal cause of this problem, rather than the subsequent management, mainly because investment in IT infrastructure should precede the deployment of IoT devices, but often doesn't.
However, despite these concerns, Davies believes that there shouldn't be scaremongering about the IoT and whether enterprises will be able to cope with a huge increase in the number of devices they will have to manage.
"We're already living in [the IoT]. It is in our everyday lives. We have clients using IoT infrastructure, but they don't call it that. There are sufficient resources, and we're an agile and flexible industry so we will be able to deal with any problems that arise," he said.
Davies added that the IT industry will be able to cope with the rise in IoT devices following the adoption of IPv6.
"We've had a lot of scaremongering over the years and the reason [companies] didn't adopt IPv6 when it was launched in 1998 was because it didn't have a ‘killer app'. So it has taken us 15 years to partially adopt the IoT. Now everyone is using it because we suddenly need it," he said.
However, in terms of infrastructure, Davies recommends that enterprises should not panic and start spending millions on anything new, but should transition slowly.
"Based on the fact we're coping at the moment, I would suggest that we don't sit and do nothing. Slowly make a plan to upgrade infrastructure to cope but don't go spending millions on something you don't need," he said.
AlphaBay users had flocked to Hansa after it was closed down - not realising it had already been taken over by Dutch police
Microsoft closes in on $100bn annual revenues with sales weighing-in at $23.3bn
Moves to take down cyber-squatted domains reveals Fancy Bear hacking network, claims Microsoft
Intel claims 'world first' in artificial intelligence that can be plugged-in almost anywhere