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IoT vs Cloud

The Internet of things (IoT) is generating a huge amount of data. Companies are working to find ways to manage this continuous growth: Cloud and fog computing are helping to tackle this challenge.

IoT and Cloud computing work togheter in order to provide tools to manage data and services. One mistake to avoid is to confusing the two actors of this data revolution.

Cloud computing refers to delivering and processing data, applications, photos, videos, and more through the Internet and data centers. Cloud can have different forms, such as:

  • Software as a service (SaaS): applications run on computers off site (in the cloud);
  • Platform as a service (PaaS): the cloud provider hand over everything necessary to build and deliver cloud-based applications;
  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): servers, storage, networking, and data centers are made available on a per-use basis;
  • Public Cloud: organisations own and operate their own space and provide access to it over a public network;
  • Private Cloud: Similar to a public cloud, except only one entity (user, organization, company, etc.) has access.
  • Hybrid Cloud.

 

On the other hand, IoT refers to the new technologies that enable smartwatches, cars, clothes, home devices and more to connect to the Internet. Cloud computing guides all the data produced by these devices to their final destination.

 

IoT and Cloud computing are two different things, but they'll both change our lives in the future.

 

Source: The roles of cloud computing and fog computing in the Internet of Things revolution, Andrew Meola, uk.businessinsider.com