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IoT and DDI: BFFs in the making

by Andrew Lerner  |  March 3, 2014  |  1 Comment

Gartner’s research indicates that IoT will grow to 26 billion units by 2020 (which excludes things like phones and tablets).  Obviously, these devices will need an IP address and consequently one of the biggest challenges for any IoT initiative or project is coordinating and centrally delivering  IP addresses at scale (and related services such as DNS and DHCP). IoT initiatives require hundreds of thousands if not millions of IPs, and with this degree of scale, the benefit of commercial DDI products increases significantly.  For those not familiar with DDI, it stands for DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management and is an integrated solution offered by several vendors.

However to date, it has been somewhat of a secret that IoT and DDI are ultimately attached at the hip.  In general, I’ve seen very little marketing in terms of the correlation between DDI and IoT.  In fact, if you Google “IoT DDI” or “DDI IoT” only 1 of the first twenty search results returned is actually DDI related. The reality for our clients is that you can’t take on an IoT initiative without DDI because managing IPs at scale is essentially a minimum requirement…So maybe it’s just too early for IoT, but if you’re an organization taking on a centralized IoT initiative, DDI should be high on the to-do list.  And, if you’re one of the major DDI vendors, hitching your cart to the rapidly developing IoT eco-system is probably not a bad idea either… We just published research that makes the DDI-IOT connection (The Impact of the Internet of Things on Data Centers) but it really surprises me that DDI vendors are not on IoT like white-on-rice.

Regards, Andrew

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Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio


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