Make no mistake about it, the Internet of Things (IoT) is about to have its moment in the sun. With the recent purchase of Nest by the search marketing giant Google, the Internet of Things is set to turn the Cloud into more than a mix of private, public and hybrid deployments. With the purchase of Nest, the Cloud is about to make a direct shift from streaming and free email solutions, to real world physical updates accessed by 24/7/365 remote servers via smartphones, tablets and yes, smart watches.
But, before we can get into why the Internet of Things is so important to the future of the Cloud, we first have to explain what the Internet of Things is and how it works.
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things is process of bringing physical machines online. The Internet of Things allows for parking meters to communicate with cell phones concerning city parking rules. The Internet of Things allows for a refrigerator to communicate with your iPad to build a list of groceries you have used in the past week. The Internet of Things allows for carbon monoxide detectors to communicate with your smartphone that rising levels of carbon monoxide have been detected in your apartment.
By bring physical machines and devices online, the Internet of Things aims to change the way the world operates on a day-to-day basis by providing us with real time information impacting our lives which in turn, allows us to make more informed decisions.
So, how will the Internet of Things impact the Cloud? The answer is found in two concepts: Big Data and instant access.
Big Data, the Cloud and Instant Information
More than anything else, the Internet of Things will empower the Cloud through Big Data and instant access to critical real time information. Currently, the Cloud is thought of in four lights:
- Public Cloud applications like Gmail, Spotify and all of social media
- Private Cloud deployments designed for the secure internal hosting of corporate data
- Hybrid Cloud infrastructure mixing the best of public and private infrastructure
- The “as a Service” movement. Common examples are IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
However, with the coming rise of the Internet of Things, a fifth category is going to be added. That category: Real time data solutions. The combination of Cloud platforms (instant access via remote servers) and the Internet of Things will allow businesses and private individuals to leverage real world data collected by machines and analyzed by Big Data software.
Through the use of Big Data services, applications and human talent, worldwide collected data provided by sensors, polls and the Internet of Things, will be aggregated, analyzed and pushed out to corporations/individuals to allow for better decision making. Through the use of the Internet of Things and Big Data, the Cloud will become more than just Spotify, corporate Cloud deployments and social media. Through the use of the Internet of Things and Big Data, the Cloud will become synonymous with instant and accurate data collection.
With the coming rise of the Internet of Things, the Cloud is set to take on a whole new meaning. The transition will finally take Cloud Computing from being a concept which the public doesn’t understand, to real world physical interactions.