"Everyone loves standards so much, they each want one of their own." This bit
of wisdom is one of the oldest chestnuts in the tech business. The Internet
of Things will not change it.
In that context we saw the creation of the Open Interconnect Consortium
(OIC), with Intel, Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Samsung, and Wind River as members.
The OIC joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the IPSO Alliance,
the HomePlug Alliance, the AllSeen Alliance, and IEEE's efforts to create
order out of chaos within the IoT.
The OIC's founding statement says it "will seek to define connectivity
requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices projected
to come online by 2020." It refers to IDC research that foresees 212 billion
things within the IoT by 2020.
Defining "open" is another of the great challenges of modern IT, and the OIC
is clear in its commitmen... (more)
Storage is part of cloud computing's brain, as essential as the
microprocessors that work with it to bring cloud computing alive. Along these
lines, I was engaged in a short, interesting conversation with Quantum
Corp.'s SVP of Strategy Janae Lee in the days before our recent Cloud Expo in
Janae's been in the storage business a long time, having put in stints at IBM
as well as two companies that were acquired by EMC. She's been at Quantum
I asked her a bunch of questions as I was preparing for New York, and she
provided a bunch of detailed answers. Now tha... (more)
Technology in general and the Internet of Things in particular has the
potential to drive vast improvements in the lives of people worldwide. In
addition to its potential to create a renaissance in manufacturing, its
potential to make the globe smarter about energy use could help eliminate
poverty and save humans from destroying ourselves.
Pretty big objectives, but we have to believe they're achievable. It is in
this spirit that we approach the upcoming @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara,
co-located with @CloudExpo. I'm honored to serve as Conference Chair for both
As Conference Chair of @ThingsExpo, I have the good fortune to get exposed to
a lot of forward thinking and research about the IoT.
I just read an interesting report on the IoT from the UK's Vodafone. This
telco giant—the world's second largest, its 400+ million subscribers
sandwiched betweeo two Chinese Leviathans—stands to benefit immensely from
th use of 4G communications and beyond as the IoT evolves globally.
The report equates the terms M2M with IoT for the most part, at one point
conceding that perhaps M2M is the “plumbing” of the IoT.
Semantics aside, Vodafone's report sho... (more)
Who doesn't like a clever turn of phrase? Docker CEO Ben Golub (pictured
below) provided several from the recent Red Hat Summit in answering our
questions about virtualization, Big Data, and DevOps.
With Cloud Expo now approaching, I see a lot of the big issues that will be
raised there being raised here. Ben, take it away...
Roger: Could you explain for our audience the significance of
containerization, and how it differs from virtualization?
Ben: Traditional virtualization was created over a decade ago, when
applications were long-lived, monolithic, and deployed to a single serv... (more)