Many have referred to the Internet of Things (IoT) as the “third wave” of the internet evolution. Consumers can’t help but notice the increasing array of connected devices coming online, ranging from washing machines and refrigerators to personal fitness trackers and automobiles, and even intelligent machines imbedded into clothing, that are popping up everywhere. What many consumers may not realize is that industry is also getting on board with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in a big way. At FrameFlow, we’re acutely aware of how the growing IIoT is dramatically impacting our commercial world, and how important it is to monitor the performance of IIoT devices and sensors.
It is widely predicted that there will be an explosion in IIoT usage and investment within the next 10 – 15 years:
The convergence of data, people and smart machines will have transformative impacts on productivity, efficiency and operations on a global economic scale. Using rich data sets, from a wide range of sensors and intelligent devices, IIoT applications are predicated to add significant efficiencies to supply chain management, manufacturing processes and service delivery, while helping to address major obstacles in complex logistics.
Providing machines with the ability to quickly and reliably talk to each other is one of the obvious benefits of the IIoT, but the capacity to collect data from sensors about their performance or a variety of critical conditions (think temperature and humidity in a server room) in real time, for analysis and corrective adjustments, is transformative.
A clear example of industrial transformations driven by the IIoT is the case of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Like other large power utilities in the U.S., the NYPA has been operating pretty much the same way for the past 75 years with large, centralized power plants pumping out electricity to homes and industry via high-voltage transmission lines. In the wake of increasingly frequent and destructive storms, like Hurricane Sandy, there is a push to strengthen and modernize the energy system in New York State, while also incorporating the use of alternative energy sources to help combat climate change, by leveraging the IIoT.
As part of this transformation, monitoring to ensure that all devices and machines are operating as they should be is critical for the reliability of the New York State energy grid. Performance monitoring systems need to keep up with the influx of new traffic from these reporting devices on the network, and to account for any new devices, power sources etc. as they come online, regardless of the communication standards, with enough granularity to accurately pinpoint any trouble spots.
Another example of a large industrial player taking full advantage of the IIoT is Rolls Royce with their use of intelligent aero engines, which power more than 50,000 flights around the world each month. Rolls Royce is leveraging Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to expand the ‘digital awareness’ of engine components to ensure maximum aircraft efficiency and availability, while reducing maintenance costs and downtime
FrameFlow allows you to scale-up and monitor tens of thousands of IIoT connected servers, devices and IT systems, replacing native monitoring systems with one unified platform. FrameFlow provides customized alerts to the right managers over a variety of channels including sms, email and Slack. We’re also constantly striving to improve our software to handle the pending surge in IIoT adoption.
Last November, we were pleased to announce that FrameFlow now has integrated support for MQTT messaging monitoring, allowing our software to monitor a virtually unlimited number of IIoT devices, regardless of limits on computational power or battery life.
In a major release of FrameFlow v2017.1, among a variety of other upgrades, we were able to dramatically increase our monitoring throughput for multiple IT systems. Our internal testing (with a quad-core virtual machine) showed that we could monitor over 1000 nodes at 65% CPU usage: That’s an incredible 2400 monitoring ops per second, or over 43 million in a 24-hour period!
If you would like to see how FrameFlow can help you keep your servers going and your networks flowing by detecting IT issues that could negatively impact business operations, we invite you to give our software a free spin for 30 days… no obligation or credit card required!