FedEx for Data
Good perspectives. IoT, especially in the industrial world is not as simple as a NEST appliance. There are several considerations here: the device, the data, the analytics, and then the data tranport mechanism. On top of that, there are almost 2 billion legacy devices already spitting out data but until now there hasn't been an easy way to secure and backhaul that data.
The data transportation question, is equivalent to FedEx for packages. An organization just wants to securely transport data from point A to point B. You don't really care how the package (or data) gets there, just that it does on time. And, most of todays sensors are also still serial devices - not IP-based.
This is where virtual networks through software-defined architectures meets the Internet of things. Virtualization makes the problem a whole lot easier to solve.