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The Internet of Things and Cloud Computing

In just one decade, Cloud Computing has begun to extensively change the way businesses are run and has helped connect the world into one expansive marketplace.

While many may only think of the Cloud in connection with servers and storage, there are new features made possible by the Cloud that are revolutionising technology. Once considered niche, these features of IoT Architecture are quickly expanding and boosting innovation in the Cloud Computing industry.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet. Cloud computing enables companies to consume a compute resource, such as a virtual machine (VM), storage or an application, as a utility -- just like electricity -- rather than having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in house.

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is another growing sector largely powered by the cloud and is in many cases driving cloud adoption. IoT refers to data from Internet-connected sensors in everyday objects that is typically stored in the cloud — everything from wearable medical devices that collect health information to in-home assistants like Amazon’s Echo. On a larger scale, IoT architecture supports “smart” warehouses that streamline business production and even “smart” city grids that better distribute utility resources.

How Cloud Computing an complement IoT initiatives

Cloud computing and the IoT both serve to increase efficiency in everyday tasks and both have a complementary relationship.  The IoT generates massive amounts of data, and cloud computing provides a pathway for this data to travel and a flexible store for the data.

Many Cloud providers charge on a pay per use model, which means that you only pay for the compute or storage resources that you use and not more. Economies of scale is another way in which cloud providers can benefit smaller IoT start-ups and reduce overall costs to IoT companies.

Another benefit of Cloud Computing for the IoT is that Cloud Computing enables better collaboration which is essential for developers today. By allowing developers to store and access data remotely, developers can access data immediately and work collaboratively on projects without delay and integrate more easily with other cloud located applications and data stores.

Finally by storing data in the Cloud, this enables IoT companies to change directly quickly and allocate resources in different areas. Big Data has emerged in the past couple of years and with such emergence the cloud has become the architecture of choice. Most companies find it both operationally and financially more effective to access the massive quantities of Big Data via the cloud.

How can Pinacl help?

Pinacl has extensive industry knowledge that spans over 33 years and can assist in cloud technologies and work with you at any stage of your cloud lifecycle. The choice of Cloud connectivity is important to the success of your Cloud deployment. Pinacl can aid you with this critical decision based on our extensive knowledge of Hybrid Data Centre deployments and Public Cloud Connectivity. 

For more information or to discuss your Cloud strategy please email enquiries@pinaclsolutions.com

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