What’s the Internet of Things? And How does it Jam With the Cloud?

obrBy Ritika Tiwari — Last Updated: 11 Nov'15 2015-11-07T03:52:51+00:00Google+

With its rich insights and universal network connectivity, there is no denying that Internet of Things is valuable to both consumers and enterprises equally.

The powerful combination of IoT, analytics and the cloud have created a great opportunity for system integrator and software vendors. Developers are now creating new programming based models to unleash the true potential of IoT. Even the startups are transforming their application development process to meet the needs of the growing IoT trend.

This includes building APIs, platforms and tools to create IoT applications which can connect devices to the cloud.

Here are some need-to-know stats :

  • 55% of the total IoT developers connect their devices through the cloud
  • 26% of total IoT developers associate Internet of Things with cloud computing, and are three times more likely to use the cloud as their development environment.

Let’s Get Down to The Basics

If you can’t really get the concept of Internet of Things in your mind, try imagining it as an environment where all the objects, animals and people have the ability to transfer data over a network without needing a human-to-computer or human-to-human interaction.

Each would also have a unique identifier associated with it, just like our computers have a unique IP address.

Internet of Things is about devices that connect to the internet to perform services and processes which are essential to our basic needs including:

  • Economics
  • Health 
  • The environment

And you could very well call it the Internet of Everything.

Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved through micro electro-mechanical systems, wireless technology and of course, the internet. IoT could be anything from a person who has a heart monitor implant to an automobile which has a built in sensor designed to alert the driver when tire pressure goes low.

IoT has so far been closely associated with machine-to-machine communication in the power and manufacturing sectors.

IoT Needs The Cloud

It’s only been few years since cloud computing started creating a buzz in the market, but in that short span of time, cloud computing has become the new way of computing as it provides operating systems and networks with virtually unlimited space and computing capability, whenever needed.

And this vastness of resources applies IoT applications as well.

With IoT devices being powered by cloud computing, you would never have to worry about information getting lost. Even data as critical as medical information can be safely guarded by the cloud and accessed anytime from any location.

Businesses around the world have started depending more on cloud. In fact, Gartner had reported that not only will cloud computing become the bulk of new IT expenses by 2016, but the total public cloud spending will reach $250 million in 2017.

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This does not come as a surprise since government agencies and enterprises of all sizes are now switching from small scale application deployments to running and hosting mission critical operations in the cloud.

Companies can now easily connect their enterprise-based, traditional information systems to both public and private IoT enabled devices.

All because of new hybrid and public cloud platform technologies.

This has helped companies to economically and rapidly develop Internet of Things based response systems which can be scaled up or down, based on current changes in the transaction or environment.

With new cloud based developer services like IBM Internet of Things and Microsoft Internet of Things, developers are now able to quickly install an internet connected device (such as a sensor) into the cloud.

It is also possible to develop an application which works parallel to the device and helps in collecting data and sending real time insights back to the developer.

All in all, this means it will be super easy to develop mobile apps which can act as a remote controller for connected devices.

Services Offered by IoT Cloud Computing

  • 1. On-Demand Self Service These services are there when needed. You can directly access them without any permissions (but an internet connection is obviously required).
  • 2. Broad Network Services These services include a private cloud and you can access the data through multiple devices and across a wide range of locations that provide internet access.
  • 3. Resource Pooling These services can be shared with multiple users, but all of them need to know the exact resource address. And with that, you can access services and data anytime.
  • 4. Rapid Elasticity This corresponds to the amazing scalability of IoT enabled cloud devices.
  • 5. Measured Service Through these services, you get exactly what you pay for, nothing less and nothing more. These are meant for subscription based or pay per use services, which many developers prefer over the one time app charges.

To sum up, the adoption of cloud computing in IoT applications is creating great opportunities for the developers all around the globe. They can now create new type of applications, new type of workflows and completely different value propositions for their enterprises.

As IoT devices and cloud computing services are being increasingly combined together with online services, there is no denying Internet of Things has a lot to offer in the future.

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