Examining IoT and Cloud's Relationship
The cloud is an essential component of IoT systems. Let's see the role clouds play for connected devices with this primer piece.
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Smartphones and social media have been reshaping modern business and cultural standards for nearly a decade, so critical are they in our daily lives. What’s next? That’s a question many of us have tried to answer, and the next step in the long line of innovation so far, the ever-moving faster technology – the Internet of Things. The popularity of IoT has boomed across many industries, as it is a key agent for mobility in their digital transformation efforts.
IoT and Cloud Backends
Before we jump into its solution, it is important to take note of one of IoT's core components – the cloud backend.
A cloud backend plays a pivotal role in facilitating lots of information from the IoT gateway, making it possible to store and deliver them into actionable resources to a user interface.
Cloud is not solely related to efficiency. It gives a higher abstraction level and a streamlined approach to delivering an effective mobility solution at market pace with greater agility. It is the operating system for SaaS or apps that enable you to offer a consistent and unified way to integrate data and digital services from IoT devices into a unique user experience.
IoT and Cloud
IoT and cloud are distinctively two separate technologies, but they are closely associated. After your IoT project is up and running from a sensor to cloud, it leads to increased interactions between devices and huge volumes of data being generated. You need to manage those devices and handle all that information to make it work for you in a robust, reliable, affordable way. Regardless of which device, network, or location you need to store, process, and analyze data, especially big data in real-time, it's hard to beat the cloud.
When IoT and cloud are combined, they deliver robust innovation that will continue to alter how hardware or machinery will operate and interact with one another and change the way we store, handle, and take information.
IoT applications can transform your business by allowing you to develop smarter solutions and services, gather data that will influence your business strategies, and possibly alter your business model to facilitate productivity and growth.
Diving Deeper Into The Clouds
Labeled as “the next Industrial Revolution,” IoT will continue to transform the way we interact, as well as speed up your development process to get to market faster and allow you to focus on building the best product possible. The cloud will be the backbone of everything for your IoT solutions and scale resources to handle peaks of demand when necessary.
To facilitate seamless communication, the cloud is connected to an IoT gateway, which manages traffic between the devices and the cloud. The IoT gateway is responsible for protocol translation and other interoperability tasks. Some devices don’t contain the network stack required for connectivity, so, at times it has to maintain the connection and translation between IoT devices and the cloud, which means the IoT gateway device acts as a proxy, receiving data from devices and packaging it for transmission over TCP/IP.
The cloud works with protocols such as MQTT, WebSocket, cap, and AMQP to offer a secure interface for IoT devices to connect. This efficient industry standard allows constrained devices to send real-time telemetry, as well as immediately receive messages sent from the cloud to the device by using configuration management features.
In a nutshell, the technology and technical environment are just right, and the technical conditions seem ripe for this new revolution. IoT is becoming universal. It’s possible to pack a lot more computing power into smaller packages, and for device efficiency to reach its full potential. Building IoT solutions involves solving challenges across a wide range of domains. Cloud brings device management, networking, infrastructure scaling, immense storage, and analytical solutions to make most of the device-generated data. IoT, along with cloud, provides everything together for a seamless and efficient connectivity and interaction experience — just what customers want.
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