April 9th is Internet of Things Day (IoT) and groups will meet on this day to share their enthusiasm, plans, and progress toward their vision of how IoT changes everything. This subject gets so much attention because both consumers and business can relate to the dreams of what improved efficiency, readily accessible contextual data, and ability to control through the Internet might do to provide solutions to solve big problems and also novelty entertainment.
The momentum has been established with everything-as-a-service (XaaS), where IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, desktop-as-a-service (DaaS), and other emerging cloud services are the enablers to what some define as internet-of-everything. Fueled with options for cost-effective, standardized reusable components that are now just starting to hit their stride in mainstream business, cloud services make prototyping and building what once was very complex much easier and faster. The IPO filing of Box Inc. demonstrates the growing opportunity of cloud services to disrupt. This service broke the assumptions of business as usual file-sharing and is now a common tool to facilitate greater access and collaboration for both consumers and organizations.
What continues to concern business about cloud services is that they feel a loss of control, there is a lack of standards that they feel would provide transferability between service providers and they resist reliance on a third parties because it makes it harder to bring services back in-house if so desired. None of this diminishes when connected things enter the mix with IoT, but the concerns are based more on past experience than looking at the future trends and opportunities. The bottom line of quality and cost will drive more organizations to adopt cloud because the expertise, infrastructure, resiliency and speed can rarely be met with internal resources. Lack of standards or transferability is a concern but organizations are addressing this with better designs and API’s, understanding where to abstract and create common elements that can be deployed across diverse environments. If you are dealing with legacy components however this is not always possible. Control will always a touchy subject, because with cloud services and IoT there will be the need to rely on third parties. Having direct control of systems and data as if it were the days of client server computing are over.
The flexibility and potential to meet the demands that are coming with IoT will require not just control but orchestration across environments that will include the new hardware and software elements that will communicate, collaborate and possibly autonomously make decisions based on the data at hand. There will have to be a way to validate and automate the best security practices today for server workloads but on a scale that will support the estimated 50 Internet connected devices per person by 2022.
At CloudPassage we are already helping customers scale and automate security to support disruptive changes in their business bringing security to their cloud services (SaaS) and underlying cloud infrastructure (IaaS). If your business plans include extending services with developing mobile apps that leverage cloud systems or development of products and services that may connect to and share data through cloud systems see how CloudPassage’s Halo can automate cloud security protection for workloads generated by IoT initiatives. Here’s to the dreamers that will disrupt the status quo with Internet of Things to drive new opportunities to change the models, processes, and ways we will interact. Happy IoT day!