What Does the Future of Cloud Computing Look Like?
Image of a Smart City that is interconnected by various devices.

Clouds are for Things

Silly humans, clouds are for things! Amazon’s recent purchase of a doorbell company and Google’s purchase of Nest several years ago ought to be telling us something about the future of the Internet and cloud computing. We know that everything around us is getting smart: smart homes, smart cars, smart building, smart factories, smart cars. There are sensors and devices all around us that want to make the world safer, more convenient, more efficient and more entertaining.

But with 20 billion of these devices by 2020 sensing, recording and analyzing the world around us, they will completely overwhelm the Internet as we know it today and all of cloud computing that has been built so far. You see, the Internet and Public Cloud of today were built by, and for humans. Web pages are read by humans at an exorbitant rate,  we are binge watching video at higher rates, and even Snapchatting constantly. In just the next year or two, IoT devices and the computing resources to support them will surpass and overwhelm the existing Internet. This will drive the requirement for a cloud and for machines (or things).

An Overwhelmed Internet Saved by Cloud Orchestration

The problem with the human Internet and human clouds of today is simply one of scale and complexity. The scale problem is two-fold: lots of devices also require lots of (cloud) computing power to support them, and since the devices are spread out, that means that the computing resources also have to be widely distributed to provide low-latency responses and to prevent costly moving of data over long distances. Lots of devices and distributed computing means orders of magnitude more complexity than the human Internet requires. And that is a massive problem.

Do not despair. This is the “Age of Orchestration,” as one of our partners recently stated. As they showcased next generation industrial controls solutions to global energy companies, the question of orchestration and automation came up again and again. Customers at all levels of the value chain, from large public cloud companies to leading chip manufacturing companies are all talking about orchestration. In 1986 I remember configuring DIP switches on motherboards when I installed a new math coprocessor in my PC – configurations all handled by the BIOS today. Complexity is always handled by the next level of automation. And the Internet for machines and Clouds for machines are being orchestrated with intelligent software that abstracts and automates the complexity so that engineers can focus on the next challenge of making our surroundings smarter, safer and more enjoyable.

For more information about the intelligent software that will orchestrate tomorrow’s clouds, download the CPLANE.ai Multi-Site Manager data sheet below.

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