How will the cloud be able to handle the emergence of IoT

Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) have spent the last several years in a sort of maximum-acceleration race where they’ve lapped the other players several times over and have only one another to measure against.

IOT Expansion and Cloud Capacity

Neither is slowing down, particularly the IoT. According to analysis firm Gartner, the number of IoT devices will hit 20.8 billion by 2020. The world population is expected to reach 8 billion in 2020, meaning there will be 2.5 IoT devices per person on the entire planet. In 2016, the IoT was growing at the rate of 5.5 million new things getting connected every day.

The ability of cloud computing to take on and interpret vast amounts of data is the catalyst that has seen the rapid expansion of IoT. Imagine a municipal power company deploying smart thermostats to all of its customers. If it were to send all that raw data back to its own servers, the chance of a crash would be enormous. But sending all the data to the cloud to be stored until analysis can be performed lowers the risk to the company considerably.

But as more and more data is poured into the cloud – from the IoT, from corporations and companies and individuals and governments and every other sort of organization in the world, there are cracks beginning to show in the system.

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