Thanks to the Internet of Things, the world and the IT infrastructure of enterprises are increasingly interconnected. With the IoT, virtually any device can be connected to the Internet and other devices. Businesses can use the data collected by IoT devices to streamline their operations and enhance customer service. Interestingly, however, the data collected by these IoT devices is useless until it is processed and analyzed to generate insights. In order to process the data, companies must store and manage it. IoT devices generate large amounts of data, which creates a challenge for storage and management within the enterprise. Cloud computing provides a solution to facilitate on-demand storage and management of data that can be used to generate insights. That”s why 96 percent of enterprises have adopted cloud computing in one form or another.
What the cloud means for IoT solutions
Unlimited Data Storage
IoT devices collect a lot of data, but they have very limited or no storage capacity. Cloud computing, on the other hand, provides a huge and almost unlimited storage space depending on the business needs and requirements. Cloud computing services can store every bit of data collected by IoT devices so that businesses can use it to generate insights.
Instant access to computing power
Cloud computing enables the delivery of solutions in the form of software as a service. Software-as-a-Service enables enterprises and their customers to use IoT solutions anytime, anywhere. It also allows enterprises to access and process data collected by the IoT with just a few clicks. This allows both the enterprise and the end consumer to have immediate access to IoT-based solutions.
Simple Data Integration
Cloud computing can help overcome IoT data integration challenges, such as multi-source integration and network integration. Cloud computing can help IoT devices to integrate with multiple sources with the help of multiple APIs for simple integration of data from multiple sources. It also provides services such as platform-as-a-service for large-scale integration.
Seamless Remote Collaboration
Since cloud computing allows easy access to data remotely, it facilitates remote collaboration for developers. Remote collaboration of developers further simplifies the implementation of IoT solutions for enterprise systems, servers and other devices.
In today”s world, data is the new oil and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to any business problem. In this context, cloud computing offers services such as easy integration and collaboration that can make IoT solutions easily scalable. So when asked if cloud computing is a necessity for the IoT, the answer is that it depends on the needs and requirements. But using cloud computing for IoT solutions makes sense and can help companies gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. I don”t believe any business would pass up this opportunity to outperform others.