Prahladrai Dalmia Lions College of Commerce & Economics

• IoT and Cloud Computing •

Written By: Mr. Pranay Das (F.Y.B.Sc.I.T.)

“Cloud Complements IoT not a rival” -Prof. Sanjana Khemka

The Internet of things (IoT) has become a buzzword in today’s world. It is the network of physical devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, cameras streaming live feeds, automobiles with built-in sensors , vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect, exchange, analyze and present data.



The IoT generates a large amount of Big Data as a result of regular streaming and this in turn puts a huge strain on system and Internet Infrastructure. As a result, it forces IOT users to find solutions to minimize the pressure and solve their problem of storing large amounts of data.

Cloud computing is an information technology (IT) paradigm that enables unlimited access to shared pools of system resources and store, manage, and process data.

Cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) are two very different technologies that are both already part of our life. Their adoption and use are expected to be more and more pervasive, making them important components of the Future Internet. A novel paradigm where Cloud and IoT are merged together is foreseen as disruptive and as an enabler of a large number of application scenarios.

The cloud aims to cut costs, and helps the users focus on their core business instead of being impeded by data storing problems. Companies are now migrating their information operations to the cloud. Many cloud providers allow for data to be either transferred via traditional internet connection or via a dedicated direct link. The benefit of a direct link into the cloud will ensure that data is uncontended and that the traffic is not crossing the internet and the Quality of Service can be controlled.

The Role of Cloud in the Internet of Things.

• Remote processing power
Using IoT everything will eventually be a smart device, putting new demands on raw processing power. And as miniaturization grows and 4G connectivity becomes even more widespread, the cloud will come to the rescue, allowing developers to offload processing to cloud computing services.

• Lowers the entry bar for providers who lack infrastructure.
The IT revolution has been possible only due to the constant lowering of the entry bar for innovators and developers, resulting in a world where a good idea can succeed without having the backing of a large corporation. The cloud will make it easier for such innovators to join the IoT revolution, offering a ready-made infrastructure into which they can just plug in their devices and services.

• User security and privacy.
The IoT, despite having its reach extend to every aspect of our lives, could actually sidestep security issue only because of cloud.

• Smoothens inter-service and inter-device communications.
IoT is about services and devices all talking to each other with different standards which is one of the major limitation. But with the Internet of things, the cloud as mediator and communication facilitator will vanish these worries. Powerful APIs for app developers and product makers, cloud communications that are plug-and-play, seamless linking to our smartphones… The cloud makes this possible.

Cloud Computing as a complement to IoT.

IoT and Cloud computing complement and complete each other requirement.

A basic challenge for producers of IoT applications is to store, process and interpret the vast amount of bulky data which is gathered by the sensors. This problem will increase significantly when we start utilizing applications with multiple embedded sensors.

Cloud computing and the IoT both serve to increase efficiency in everyday tasks and both have a complementary relationship. The IoT generates massive amounts of data, and cloud computing provides a pathway for this data to travel.

Many Cloud providers charge on a pay per use model, which means that you only pay for the computer resources that you use and not more. Economies of scale is another way in which cloud providers can benefit smaller IoT start-ups and reduce overall costs to IoT companies.

Another benefit of Cloud Computing for the IoT is that Cloud Computing enables better collaboration which is essential for developers today. Finally by storing data in the Cloud, this enables IoT companies to change directly quickly and allocate resources in different areas. Big Data has emerged in the past couple of years and with such emergence the cloud has become the architecture of choice. Most companies find it feasible to access the massive quantities of Big Data via the cloud.

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