I got this question from one of our techsales team, thought I’d share:
“I see that IoT is being more and more referred to as cloud responsibility. Do you believe the appliance will eventually be replaced by a pure cloud based offering?”
A great question. The IoT space is evolving very quickly at the moment. We’re seeing lots of different options become available, for private, public, managed and unmanaged. Guessing how things will evolve is always difficult, but I expect to see different options become popular for different use cases.
Today we have the MessageSight appliance which gives amazing performance and scale, with good security and manageability. That works really well for use cases like Automotive – where they are looking to connect huge numbers of vehicles and the manufacturers are very keen on security and want to manage the infrastructure themselves. There are lots of other use cases with similar requirements like Smart metering and pipeline monitoring.
IBM has also been working on the Internet of Things Cloud – now in Beta, you might have seen some information on it from Impact. That is a managed cloud environment for connecting Internet of Things devices. We’ve seen a lot of interest in this from home appliance manufacturers, where they are looking to connect Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Tumble Dryers and Fridges. They don’t want to manage the infrastructure and so are looking for a cloud offering which will scale with them as they sell more connected devices.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t automotive manufacturers that don’t want a hosted offering in the cloud, or home appliance manufacturers who want to manage the infrastructure themselves (I can think of examples of both) – which shows that there’s likely to be customers needing the same technical features and functionality and picking their environment for sometime to come.
As IBM we want to offer our customers the choice, to pick the environment which suits their needs.