The Connected Future
The dramatic rise in the adoption of the cloud is thanks to its many benefits for both individuals and businesses, but the Internet of Things has also played a significant role in its popularity. Much of the information we now utilize in the form of Big Data is being collected from IoT devices and sensors and according to Alert Logic’s 2015 Cloud Security Report, we’ll see organizations investing $200 billion in cloud services this year. Industry giants continue to integrate IoT into their cloud platforms, and their strong competitive drives ensure groundbreaking new solutions that keeping users hungry for more and eternally demanding.
Considered the industry leader in cloud, AWS isn’t resting on its laurels but instead has just announced Amazon Lumberyard – a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that’s integrated with AWS and Twitch. The beta is already available for free download for developers building console and PC games, and mobile and virtual reality platforms will follow soon. Developers can create highest quality games and connect them to the vast AWS compute and storage facilities, allowing for more realistic characters, superlative world designs, and spectacular real-time effects.
In the last quarter, Azure grew 127% while AWS grew only 69%. But can Microsoft actually catch up to AWS, the current cloud giant? The Azure hub for IoT could be a step in the right direction. The new system has recently been made generally available, and the new system will apparently provide a simple bridge between customer devices and the cloud. Microsoft claims that this new preconfigured IoT solution can create machine to machine networks and data storage systems when used with the Azure IoT Suite, and the new Azure IoT hub pledges “secure, reliable two-way communication from device to cloud and cloud to device.”
The $1.4 billion acquisition of Jasper Technologies has ensured that networking titan Cisco is also covering the IoT and cloud play bases, with executives calling the acquisition “transformational.” Jasper, a leading IoT platform, is able to connect many devices such as cars, engines, and wearables, and is also a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering able to cross multiple platforms at scale. Already holding a large customer base, Jasper achieves greater reach through Cisco, and will scale far more easily with Cisco’s footprint.
Though not offering IoT and cloud services to the market, multinational technology corporation Intel’s latest annual report shows massive growth in cloud and IoT optimizations, with storage capacity increasing from 106PB in 2014 to 143PB in 2015 and the average number of servers in Intel data centers nearly doubling from 84,379 to 144,040. Not all that surprising when you consider the results of a Suse survey finding that 80% of respondents planned to move their business to the cloud. Furthermore, Intel’s IoT program rollout is progressing well, and analyses that used to take four hours can now be completed in just 30 seconds.
Says Sam George, Microsoft’s partner director for Azure IoT, “IoT is poised for dramatic growth in 2016 and we can’t wait to see what our customers and partners will continue to build on our offerings. We’re just getting started.” It’s clear Microsoft will, as usual, have some stiff competition.
By Jennifer Klostermann