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The Future of the Cloud Pt. 2

Posted by QuoteColo on March 04, 2014 - Updated on March 03, 2014

The Future of the Cloud

If the future of the Cloud isn’t grounded in applications like Spotify and Twitter and if the future of Cloud Computing isn’t found in a hardware of smartphones and tablets, what is the future?

Answer: the Internet of Things.

Unlike the Cloud, the Internet of Things is still relatively new to everyone inside of the IT industry and certainly to everyone outside of the industry. The term, “Internet of Things” refers to a connected (IP enabled) physical object. A great example of this is the company Nest. Recently purchased by Google for north of $3 billion, Nest provides the market with connected thermostats and carbon monoxide detectors accessible through a mobile application fully controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

The question remains, why would Google, a search engine marketing platform with Cloud instances, purchase a physical connected device grounded in the Internet of Things? The answer: real world physical usability.

Real World Use of the Cloud

The single biggest reason the Cloud needs the Internet of Things to keep it going is because Net of Everything devices like Nest and Canary provide consumers with physical devices they can use on a day-to-day basis. The single largest downfall of Cloud based applications like Spotify, social media, Dropbox etc. is their lack of physicality. Sure, consumers can utilize Cloud applications through a physical portal, i.e. smartphone, tablet, laptop, however the Cloud itself has no true physicality in day-to-day life. This is to say, unlike a connected thermostat (Nest) or a connected home security device (Canary), Cloud solutions and applications have no real world tangible day-to-day use. Streaming movies and music is great but it ends at that.

With Net of Thing devices, real world use trumps the technology. This is why the Cloud needs the Internet of Things to carry it for the years to come. No longer will IT items simply be viable on the grounds of the technical and the virtual. In the years to come, those items will have to answer real world physical problems with real world tangible items.

Connected tangible devices are the key to keeping the Cloud solvent for the years to come and hitting all of those north of $135 billion in revenue by 2020 projections.

The Growth of the Internet of Things

The simple truth is in the coming years Net of Everything devices will continue to gain steam. With more and more connected devices transforming the way consumers and businesses interact with their immediate and not so immediate surroundings via mobile applications, it will become vitally important for Cloud infrastructures to handle more load then they are currently processing.

Again, utilizing Cloud servers to stream movies via Netflix or listen to tunes via Spotify is one thing. It is an entirely different ballpark to use mobile applications while at work to change the alarm status of your home and view, in real time, what is going on in your bedroom through an IP connected home security device sporting an internal camera.

At the end of the day, humans are creatures of routine and comfort. We go about our days in a pretty typical pattern designed to make our lives as simple and comfortable as possible. Through Internet of Things devices and Cloud based solutions, manufactures and IT providers now have the chance to provide both real world steady routine and comfort.

No one does it all alone. Cloud Computing needs the Net of Things to thrive.


To check out part one of this series, click on “The Future of the Cloud Pt. 1”.

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