Smart Technology: The Key Factor Bringing Internet of Things and Cloud Computing Closer
Perfecting the idea concerning ‘smartness’ doesn’t seem to slow down even in the future that comes within the scope of human perceptibility. As of today, everything is smart and needs to be – smart phone, smart computing, smart connectivity, smart communication! The modern dynamics of human life requires this additional ‘smartness’ quotient not only to luxuriate their lives further but also they have realized the indispensability of smart technology in every run of their daily lives. However, having your hands on advanced technology doesn’t necessarily mean automatic addition of the smartness quotient. This is where the complementing and supplementing role of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing comes into fashion.
Understanding Internet of Things:
Internet of Things (IoT) may be a buzzword today but the very concept of it germinated long back, more specifically from the dawning days of internet. Despite the fact that IoT, these days, has become quite a familiar expression, a great deal of confusion still prevails in terms of understanding what it is actually. Quite in contrary to the popular belief, Internet of Things doesn’t always include internet or gadgets that are operating over internet. In one of the recent articles (published May 24, 2013), Galen Gruman has explained about Internet of Things in a simplistic yet beautiful way:
“At its core, the Internet of things means just an environment that gathers information from multiple devices (computers, vehicles, smartphones, traffic lights, and almost anything with a sensor) and applications (anything from a social media app like Twitter to an e-commerce platform, from a manufacturing system to a traffic control system).”
– Galen Gruman, “What the 'Internet of things' really means” (May 24, 2013)
So far so good! But, what about inclusion of the word ‘internet’ in the Internet of Things? It’s like saying ‘slash’ without the sharp factor in it. How can IoT be complete if it doesn’t necessarily include internet? To understand this, you need to know that IoT serves two core functions – data accumulation and accessibility to the data for analyzing it. While the data accumulation and analysis is typically done by software or an application, on the other hand, it requires internet to access the vast data pool or data center that has been created by users.
Integrity that Should be Nourished between Cloud Computing and IoT:
Wait a minute! So, the confusion over Internet of Things is not solely about the extent of its reliance with internet connectivity! Storing huge amount of data output, virtualization and analysis of the same are matters of equal concern! Yes, this is actually the case. Technology, today, is not just robotics or repetition of the same action from time to time but it needs to be smart, intelligent. And intelligent technology is possible only when the results, users receive, are contextual. The contextual correctness, rather accuracy, is possible only when user generated big data is managed, stored, virtualized and analyzed seamlessly. After closely monitoring the shift in user preference concerning the Internet of Things, experts have opined that organizations using IT systems minus relevant upgradation for last 20 years, will not be compatible with the newly emerging Internet of Things; consequently, will be deprived of the benefits that IoT-Cloud conjugality has to offer. At the same time, they have further opined that the increasingly popularity of IoT in wider domains of human lives, beyond professional requirement, has provided Cloud Computing with just the kind of push to penetrate the arenas that were apparently impenetrable or highly time consuming.
Let’s take a look at the domains where Internet of Things is already becoming popular:
- Urban planning (Building smart cites)
- Developing social interaction gears
- Wearable medical monitoring equipment
- Home automation
- Waste management
- Environmental monitoring and planning
- Large scale deployment management
- Industrial application and energy management
Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility:
Considering the vast array of functional domains, that IoT is increasingly getting involved, it is important to ensure that not only contextual data is exchanged but the process also is seamlessly integrated with the respective application. Quite naturally, the alongside the reliance over Cloud Computing, the inclusion of enterprise mobility becomes equally important when it comes to providing IoT with an all round functional stature. What is the driving force in making Internet of Things the new age brand ambassadors of enterprise mobility? Most people believe that materialization of the M2M (machine-to-machine) communication is the essential driving force in establishing Internet of Things as an indispensible component of enterprise mobility. Consequently, this rational has given birth to a popular misconception that M2M and IoT both are essentially same. It is important to remember that M2M is the driving force but in order to complement the ideal of enterprise mobility, Internet of Things should receive further assistance from other aspects, such as,
- M2M software and hardware compatibility
- Assistance from enterprise software vendors
- Support from Mobile operators
- Acceptance from the targeted industries
How IoT Making Cloud a Penetrating Force in Modern Technology:
Earlier we discussed how interdependent cloud computing and enterprise mobility are. With the advancement of mobile technology, it has become almost impossible to distinguish between these two aspects. The smart or intelligent factor in technology cannot be materialized if the benefits that cloud has to offer are taken away. The increasingly prominent presence and inclusion of Internet of Things (IoT) is the much discussed as well as desired smart/intelligent quotient to today’s technology. No matter from which angle you analyze, it will be practically impossible to take away Cloud Computing from the scenario and intelligent technology happen. More the Internet of Things will be accepted in the industry Cloud Computing will be increasingly indispensible. Cloud service providers, thus, need to promote IoT in a manner that they become more and more appreciated in the industry, consequently making Cloud Computing an indispensible factor in the prosperous journey of smart tech.
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