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The Internet of Everything Will Fuel New Connections

Matt Ball on December 10, 2012 - in Uncategorized

There will be about 15 billion devices connected by 2015, and around 40 billion by 2020, according to the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. But despite all these connections, we estimate that more than 99 percent of all physical objects that may one day join the network are currently still unconnected. Think about that – we’ve only just begun to connect the unconnected. What will happen when a full one percent of things are actually connected? When 10 percent get connected?

We are rapidly beginning to experience what we call the “Internet of Everything,” which includes the Internet of Things as a subset. Cisco Chief Futurist Dave Evans does a great job of describing the Internet of Everything in his blog series, but in simple terms, the Internet of Everything is the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things on the network. One important enabler of the Internet of Everything is the network intelligence that fuels the manageability, controllability and scalability required to support this incredible growth in connections.

With each new person, process, piece of data, or thing that comes online, the connection possibilities between all these elements grows exponentially. The Internet of Everything makes all these connections more relevant and valuable. It’s not the act of getting connected – or even the number of connections – that creates the value. Rather, it’s the outcomes the connections make possible.

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