The Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Acronyms

If you’re like me you are probably getting lost with the plethora of acronyms floating in the Cloud market space. Examples include DaaS, PaaS, IaaS, IoT and others. I will attempt at this point to describe their “common denominators” and provide some clarity on the existing realities and also the future realities we can expect from the market and the driving forces that are to be expected. As always, things will continue to change and evolve – but let us start here:

In reality, DaaS, PaaS and IaaS have a basic common denominators which include using Cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to deliver data and applications to end-users regardless of their device i.e. PC, MAC, Smart Phones and other internet “connected” devices. IoT is simply an analogy relating to creating the “building blocks” for the “connected and smart devices” all of us use each day.

Thus, we find ourselves now aligning with the more specific definition as it relates to the world of Internet of Things (IoT).

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as connected devices and smart devices), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Before I go much further, it is important to note and understand the foundation that supports the building blocks of the “connected devices”. Much like a house is built upon its foundation-  it is the foundation that keeps the walls (in this case the technology “bricks”) in place providing a reliable structure to be built upon it.

In my world, and probably yours, it is the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that we all ultimately rely on to support our connected world, which in turn produces unlimited possibilities, reliability and cost savings to name a few benefits.

So for now, we can all enjoy the existing realities of the IaaS platform capabilities as we continue to add more building blocks to the foundation of our connected world. In fact , Google has recently announced its plans for multiple internationally located data centers and its plans to lay undersea fiber cables that will further our worlds connectivity options. They are not the only ones – others include AWS, IBM and many others who are now entering the “Infrastructure arms race.”