Enterprise News Spotlight: IoT Report Released, Ingram Micro Distro Deal, Hadoop Initiative and More

The Verizon Enterprise Solutions News Center team curates the top stories from the past week


The Internet of Things tops our news stories this week, with coverage of our State of the Market: The Internet of Things (IoT) 2015 report, released this past Monday. Re/code was first out the gate with an analysis of the report which features insights about the adoption of IoT solutions across major vertical markets. Also in the news, Ingram’s decision to offer Verizon IoT and mobility products and services continues to make headlines, as does the formation of the Open Data Platform for Hadoop-based data analysis systems. Check out these stories and more below.

More Than a Billion Enterprise Devices Are on the Internet of Things
Verizon, this week, released a fairly comprehensive report that outlines the size of the IoT market and the scope of its growth. For starters, Verizon (with help from ABI Research) estimates that as of 2014 there were 1.2 billion different devices connected to the Internet, and that the number will rise to 5.4 billion by 2020 for an annual growth rate of 28 percent. (re/code)

Verizon, Ingram Tie-Up Gives Resellers More IoT, Mobility Options
One of the world’s largest tech distributors and the nation’s biggest wireless operator aims announced that they are working together to provide cutting edge technology. Verizon said that Ingram Micro’s mobility division has joined its partner program, a move the companies tout as critical to the direction the channel is moving — toward mobility and machine-to-machine offerings associated with the Internet of Things. (Channel Partners)

Big Data Vendors to Forge a Common Hadoop Base Platform
The Open Data Platform will identify the specific versions of Apache Hadoop and its supporting software that will run together as a seamless whole, potentially reducing the work required on the part of enterprises to build and maintain complex Hadoop-based data analysis systems. (Computerworld)

Biometric Authentication Adoption for Online Banking
Biometrics should not be used in isolation, and should instead contribute to what’s called a ‘multifactor’ authentication scheme, as this can vastly improve identity proofing by pairing ‘something you know’ such as a username and password combination with ‘something you are,’ making it much more difficult for a criminal to hack into systems pretending to be you. (Pro Security Zone)

NC Gov’t Looking at Keeping Tabs on Drivers Electronically
The North Carolina government agency responsible for thousands of state-owned passenger vehicles is experimenting with technology that can monitor whether drivers are speeding or braking too hard. (The State)

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