Why the cloud is not the only solution for IoT users

While convenience plays a big role in why enterprises are driven to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, 54% of enterprises cite cost saving as the reason for the switch. The caveat for enterprises, says freelance writer Jocelyn Brown, is the reliance on cloud-based computing for storage, processing, and even accessing information.

For enterprises, this could cause a costly bottlenecking process and if there is a delay in the connection, this could cost the enterprise again. In order for IoT applications to work for enterprises, the lag needs to be addressed to ensure a seamless process. Much of this work can take place on the edge of the network, and there are innumerable advantages.

Understanding access at various levels of the data chain

Industries and enterprises who rely on the efficacy of their IoT network may find it hard to enjoy the full benefits of the network if they happen to have a slow connection or experience a drop in access to the network. There are four “areas” where the processing of the information can take place in the IoT: the cloud, fog, mist, or edge.

This allows information to travel freely without placing too much pressure on the network, while the network can update the information to the cloud as and when bandwidth is available. For those who solely rely on cloud-based computing in an IoT setup, bottlenecking and potential loss of information, not to mention security issues could become a problem.

Resolve storage at various stages of the network

While IoT punters often use the cloud-based storage solution as a driving force behind why enterprises should consider an IoT setup, this is not entirely true. While there is great stock in end-to-end encryption and various layers of security to gain access to data, processing raw information in the cloud is risky from a security breach and a data loss perspective.

Instead, enterprises are recommended to make the most of the edge, mist, and fog computing to process data before it even gets sent to the cloud. Not only will this add an extra layer of security, but there is also a better chance of keeping critical information safe without compromising the network. Flash drives, especially those who rely on advanced wear leveling technology, are small enough to transport and store easily. By using bulk USB drives as temporary data caches, it takes a substantial amount of pressure off the network.

Secure the various points of access

One of the advantages of purely working with the cloud is that if the security protocols are proper and in place, areas of a potential security breach are limited. When there are additional nodes and network connections, all of these points of access need to be secured in order to limit access to sensitive information. Security levels need to be defined and access to the various points along the data stream need to be closely monitored.

While there is still some work that needs to be done for IoT networks to be secure, stable, and fast, there is no denying that IoT has made an indelible mark on interconnectivity.

The author of this blog is Jocelyn Brown, a freelance writer.

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