Why your things need the cloud
Every few years there is a new “next big thing” in the fast-changing computing industry. Sometimes these “next big things” have proven to be fads or simply repackaged versions of what has come before. But sometimes the latest craze is worth paying attention to because it signals a more significant shift to new capabilities and applications that will have a more profound impact on our lives.
The internet of things (IoT) is today’s “next big thing” – certainly if column inches in the media are anything to go by. But let’s be clear, this doesn’t mean yesterday’s “next big things,” like the cloud, are going away. Cloud is the vital infrastructure for a host of applications. It is tough to imagine our current lives without cloud computing, and the cloud is the technology infrastructure (along with electricity itself) that literally keeps the world working, communicating and learning – and therefore, the IoT needs the cloud to reach its…
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