The Internet of Things (IoT) is already playing a role to transform the way lead our day to day life and also the way we communicate with our surroundings. But such an efficient way of living life does not come without a cost.
The IoT is contributing to an unprecedented volume of data and this is being resulted in a tremendous pressure on the overall Internet infrastructure. This is resulting in a hyperactive situation where companies are trying hard to address the problem concerning data. Obviously Cloud computing allowing non-location and non-device specific storage will play a major role in making these connected devices work.
Types of Cloud
Cloud computing, which is also referred as “the cloud,” basically helps remote storage and access to data and applications possible. There are basically six different categories of cloud computing as per IBM.
- Software as a service (SaaS): Cloud-based applications that are provided as a service to the user’s site belong to this. This type of cloud service typically works through a web browser.
- Platform as a service (PaaS): A complete cloud based platform housing all that are required to build and deliver cloud-based applications are also offered as a service to the users. These belong to platform as a service.
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): IaaS or cloud based infrastructure offered as a service for users comprises of servers, storage, networking, and data centers.
- Public Cloud: Cloud network made available over a public network is called Public cloud.
- Private Cloud: Similar to a public cloud, except only one entity (user, organization, company, etc.) has access.
- Hybrid Cloud: It is the type of cloud service that is based upon the foundation of a private cloud but allow cloud access publicly.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, basically refers to the connected devices in various environments including home, workplace, healthcare facilities, automobiles, and mobile as well as wearable devices. From cars to digitally equipped kitchen appliances to all sorts of smart home gadgets to heart monitors all belong to this category. With cloud computing backing these connected devices, the devices can access data remotely without local storage and accessibility concerns.
IoT Data Challenges And Cloud
Cloud computing helps connected devices work more efficiently and without glitches. Thanks to cloud computing the accessibility and ease of control with devices is ensured. While IoT produces huge amounts of data, cloud computing makes a way to store that data remotely and make it accessible when required.
Edge or Fog Computing
Fog computing which is also referred as edge computing solves the problem of higher bandwidth requirement by allowing data to be accessible locally on the edge of a network. This model allows sensors and other connected devices to make data accessible in a nearby computing device allowing easy local access. This solves a typical limitation of cloud computing, namely, bandwidth and data accessibility problem.
If IOT has transformed our digitally exposed lives, it is Cloud computing that made it possible from behind. Now to take the IOT revolution further by addressing the erstwhile limitations we have Fog or Edge computing that made accessibility of data even more smooth.