December - 2016 - issue > CXO Insights

An Architecture for the Future - Convergence of Cloud, IoT & Big Data

Manoj Kalyan, Associate VP, Brillio
Monday, December 26, 2016
Manoj Kalyan, Associate VP, Brillio
Headquartered in California, Brillio is a global technology services company with proven excellence in developing and deploying cutting-edge solutions that enable businesses to tackle the competition better and capture business value quickly and efficiently.

Having completed my walk the other day, I turned to check the number of steps I had taken. By then, this information on my smart watch synced up with my phone, and then on to some servers of the fitness app, where information from thousands of people who go for walks around the world is crunched and in a blink of an eye, I am informed by the app on where I stand, vis-a-vis the average person of my age. I would have spent the next hour strategizing how to catch up with others. Were it not for a message on my phone that let me know that my daughter had got off her school bus and entered the building. Another message told me that a package I was expecting had left the logistics provider's delivery center. That is when rumination caught hold of me, and got me thinking about how life has changed. Imagine this being just the beginning! As one of my friends, incidentally a futurist, puts it - we shall soon be living the life H. G. Wells and Arthur Clarke dreamt of.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion units of machinery installed worldwide, which will form the IoT network. That is four times the number of humans on this planet. Most of these machines will generate data 24*7, leading to enormous amounts of data being available to us to in order to assist in making critical decisions. What this means is everything we do today can be tracked, monitored and improved. Efficiencies will no longer be derived from statistical samples, but large volumes of data leading to more accurate decision making.

Machines fitted with sensors have been around for some time now. What has changed is the ability to connect geographically spread machines and manage them remotely. These probabilities have become possibilities by dint of the perfect storm that has arisen from the convergence of disruptive technologies of the past few years namely Big Data, IoT and Cloud.

The benefit that we have come to expect of cloud is that it offers elasticity, scalability and flexibility. Cloud also offers redundancy, reliability and easy accessibility that were until now difficult to achieve with enterprise IT data centers. Cloud also brings in the flexibility of starting small and not having to invest in large capital upfront.

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