There really isn’t enough time for engineers to service the billions of IoT devices in today’s world. Networked “things” are more common and cheaper to build. However, the further these edge devices spread geographically, the more difficult it is to maintain them.
If an edge device fails without a remote reboot, every minute of downtime reduces revenue and data, and damages the device’s reputation with stakeholders.
Also, IoT devices have gotten so complicated that you will need a specialist in every geographic region where you want to sell these devices. The cost of retaining multiple experts who know how to fix glitches with external sensors, solid-state drives (SSDs), DRAM modules, I / O, and other cutting-edge IoT technologies ̵
Advances like 5G make geographic distance and latency less of an obstacle to real-time data management, but only if organizations have the ability to remotely monitor and repair all of their devices. Then they can minimize and even minimize downtime preventive Patch errors, so your devices rarely go offline.
Cloud-based systems like iCAP fit this description perfectly. ICAP was created by Innodisk and connects to all SSDs and DRAM memory modules of your devices. You will then be informed which of your devices are offline.
Even better, it tracks the predicted life of each drive and the health status of each memory module based on when it was installed, and measures when the CPU or memory usage is not performing optimally, so you can swap hardware out before it crashes.
With SSDs and DRAM memory modules installed on your IoT devices, engineers can access any device over the internet or intranet, even when the device itself is offline. Ideally, that SSD and DRAM backdoor gives you the insight you need to find out what went wrong and then fix it remotely.
With iCAP, all of these SSDs and DRAM modules are visible from a single browser on a central hub – most likely in your office or IT center. With the help of the automated summary and warning system, a small number of operators can follow a large network without becoming overwhelmed.
If a device goes offline for any reason, iCAP allows you to restore the latest SSD data with a single click. You can then access the hard drive through out of band management (OOB) and try to restore it to a previous functional operating system that is mirrored on the server by default.
No longer do you have to send someone to the actual device and wait for them to solve the mystery of the crash before getting your device working again. Just reset it and find out why later.
However, once you’ve resolved the problem, you won’t want to wait for the same problem to appear on your other devices or update them one at a time. With cloud storage, you can send a patch to all of your SSDs at the same time to avoid a huge and unnecessary workload.
iCAP also supports the coverage of your DRAM memory modules and provides important information that goes beyond “online” or “offline”. For each module you can check the current memory charging speed, temperature or other specifications. Using notifications, you can program iCAP to warn you when a DRAM module is working below your needs so that you can replace it.
While it is helpful to see the health of all of your SSDs and DRAM modules at the same time, you can also use GPS data to organize them. That way, instead of sending someone to fix each device individually, you can send maintenance to a specific region and repair multiple devices at once.
Ultimately, iCAP is future-proof for your company, so your IoT business can safely grow without overwhelming your engineers. Remote access enables a smaller team of specialists to have extensive control over all devices at the same time. Even better, with real-time monitoring of all potential problems, you will know how to build future equipment to avoid these problems and extend their lifespan before they need to be replaced.
Experts estimate that 25 billion more IoT devices will hit the market in the next five years. If your company is to follow this trend and grow its business, you need a system that doubles your device management capacity without doubling your technical staff.
Fortunately, Innodisk designed its iCAP platform to scale with your business so it can track as many devices as you connect to it. Rather than inflating your IT budget to keep downtime to a minimum, use preventative management and monitoring to ensure that your equipment rarely fails.