InformationWeek article

IoT: Out Of The Cloud & Into The Fog

Cloud computing architectures won't be able to handle the communication demands of the Internet of Things. The future is in fog computing.

By now, most IT organizations have embraced the concept of cloud computing and are using it in some capacity. But if grand predictions regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) turn out to be true, even the most advanced, distributed cloud architectures aren’t going to be able to handle the IoT’s data and communications needs. That’s where the idea of “fog computing” comes into play. It’s a term coined by Cisco, but most major IT vendors are developing architectures that describe how the IoT will work by bringing the cloud closer to the end user – similar to how fog is nothing more than a cloud that surrounds us on the ground.

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