Miniaturization, Composability, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
The things in the "Internet of Things" are getting smaller and more powerful all the time. Adding Microservices just makes all this better!
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Miniaturization and composability are two significant trends that are becoming more pervasive throughout the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Services Architectures.
We have seen the evolution of this trend for quite some time in the hardware industry — where it is now somewhat even taken for granted. Miniaturization has followed the principle of Moore’s law. Today, we have small, powerful devices such as smart phones, which are even more powerful than the fastest enterprise computers available just a few decades back. We have also seen composability in the design and development of hardware architecture, including within just the microprocessor itself.
Accordingly, on the software side, such composability and miniaturization is now being offered through Microservices architectures and container technologies like Docker. Using these technologies, we are able to build software components and services that are atomic, autonomous, location agnostic and can collaborate together to build complex and elastic workflows and business functions. The focus on composability within the IoT software environment will help to enhance scalability, availability, QoS, and reusability.
It is extremely likely that future IoT initiatives will be deemed successful largely due to the benefits derived from miniaturization and composability. Our ever-efficient and agile tech teams are now able to build powerful, tiny devices, coupled with Microservices, which are truly distributed and autonomous, to create the next killer IoT app… or perhaps at least, the innovative, business-critical IoT app that enables our organizations to maintain its competitive advantage for the foreseeable future.
I recently was honored to be a speaker at IoT Nexus conference in San Francisco and talked about this topic in detail. The conference was attended by the leaders in cloud, IoT and high technology space.
Here is the link to the slide deck that I presented at the conference: http://www.slideshare.net/BramhGupta/miniaturization-composability-and-internet-of-things-iot
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