The author of a new report from Forrester Research says that the simultaneous growth of IoT and edge computing usage are interlinked, and that future growth in both areas will be fueled heavily by federal regulations to reduce emissions.\n\u201cWe cannot disassociate the advancements in IoT without talking about the effect on edge,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019re not distinct from each other..and the effect they have on use cases is combined.\u201d\n\nThe demand for \u201csustainability-related service,\u201d will place IoT and edge front and center, according to Forrester\u2019s \u201cPredictions 2022: Edge, IoT, And Networking\u201d report. Environmental use cases like monitoring CO2 levels, pollution, and air quality will all be increasingly sought-after, as will IoT systems that allow businesses to manage their resources (think water and power usage) more efficiently.\n\nAbhijit Sunil, the report\u2019s primary author, said that this is a major trend, particularly among larger companies.\n\u201cWe surveyed the Fortune 200 companies, and 58% of them had chief sustainability officers as of 2020,\u201d he said. \u201cMost of the rest of those organizations had some [other manager] in that role, looking at sustainability.\u201d\nIt\u2019s increasingly hard to separate IoT and edge from sustainability strategy in the corporate world, Sunil said, and for all the talk about how IoT and edge are moving technology out of the hands of IT and into the line of business, it\u2019s still CIOs that are best-placed to take action.\n\u201cHow can anyone influence an organization\u2019s green IT strategy without understanding these emerging technologies?\u201d he said.\nChip shortage\nAccording to Forrester, the ongoing semiconductor shortage is unlikely to be resolved before the middle of 2023, which means that business and consumer IT products will suffer price instability and availability issues for months to come. That\u2019s a particular problem for the IoT market, because most of the silicon supply will go toward the production of high-end CPUs and GPUs, according to Sunil. The microcontrollers and sensors that IoT devices require will therefore have even more supply chain issues.\n\u201cIf we think about what IoT is, systems that talk to each other, all those things consist of some intelligent device that has a chip that enables these communications or storage or computation, so depending on the use case, the chip shortage will have ripple effects into all these markets,\u201d he said.\n\n\n\n\n\n5G or satellite?\nIn addition, the report predicted that 5G\u2019s dominance as a next-gen connectivity option of choice, particularly in rural areas, could be supplanted by satellite links. The protracted, costly deployment of 5G leaves the door open for alternative WAN technologies. Low-orbiting Internet service like Starlink \u201cshows more promise than 5G does\u201d in rural areas, according to the report.\nWhat\u2019s more, wired network providers could begin to offer satellite Internet as a backup service\u2014even if they don\u2019t otherwise provide wireless connectivity.\nBig DDoS attack\nGiven the IoT\u2019s well-known weaknesses when it comes to security, Forrester predicts\u00a0 a large-scale DDoS attack powered by an IoT botnet will knock out significant communications infrastructure. Citing the growing scale of IoT botnet attacks\u2014a 17 million requests-per-second attack was mitigated last summer, followed closely by another that reached 22 million requests-per-second\u2014the report said that an IoT botnet will reach the 30 million requests-per-second range in 2022, creating \u201ceconomic pain\u201d as it blocks critical communications for a significant period of time. Hence, Forrester suggested that organizations take a fresh look at their DDoS preparedness.