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How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things
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AryehF891
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AryehF891,
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1/23/2014 | 2:48:00 PM
Cloud computing and IoT
IoT will require cloud computing to come out of the data center.  Currently OpenStack is the best bet for this but has stability issues (even in Havana) that are documented elsewhere on the web.   In order to solve some of these issues it might make sense to wrap the VM's created by openstack inside other VM's that way when there is a stability issue (almost any non-data center install will have these from time to time) it is possible to quickly recover a relatively recent version of it.  There are some research projects like PetiteCloud (http://www.petitecloud.org).  The main key that most of these projects seem to be using is use a more stable host OS and then put a OpenStack install (single or multinode) on one or more of the VM's.   We have experienced a large increase in uptime in our lab using this method.   Be aware though all the projects are extremely new and untried outside a very small circle of users.

Disclaimer: I am the lead developer for PetiteCloud
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/24/2014 | 9:49:47 AM
Re: Cloud computing and IoT
IoT is definitely going forward, despite the recent attacks from smart gadget and appliances featured in the Proofpoint report. I see that MIT is planning an Internet of Things Conference  this year, October 6-8. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/24/2014 | 9:49:48 AM
Re: Cloud computing and IoT
IoT is definitely going forward, despite the recent attacks from smart gadget and appliances featured in the Proofpoint report. I see that MIT is planning an Internet of Things Conference  this year, October 6-8. 
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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1/24/2014 | 10:57:24 AM
Threats
This column paints these "transformation" efforts in the best light, of unlocking revenue streams, but those efforts can be painful as well. It's easy to tackle the IoT opportunities that make your existing business more profitable, like improving operating efficiency. It's harder to attack the ones that threaten to displace products or cut into profits -- say, offering a remote utliization analysis tool that tells your customer that they can be more efficient, and thus buy less of your product. Those threats mean disrupting your own business before someone else does.
AryehF891
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AryehF891,
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1/24/2014 | 12:47:37 PM
Re: Threats
I have never quite understood how the openning of an oppurtonity for someone else to make a profit harms my business.   IoT seems like all other emerging techinilogies in that it will take at least several years to mature enough to be usable and by that point most people will have a plan for their organizations for it that is unlikely to involve much displacement unless said displacement is already planned for due to other reasons.
Ido Sarig
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Ido Sarig,
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1/24/2014 | 12:55:59 PM
Re: Threats
Re: Threats
Chris - your last sentence nails it - if you don't disrupt you existing processes when new technology makes it possible, someon else will. Sure, this might mean cannibalizing current business, which makes it harder to do, but the best leaders recognize that this will eventually happen one way or another, and position themsleves to be the ones profiting from the new situation. "If you don't cannibalize yourself someone else will" is one of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes .
msangha
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msangha,
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1/28/2014 | 2:52:57 PM
Rules and ethics
Technology is moving ahead of the regulators and ethicists. Security is another big concern. Vendors and regulators need to lay down some broad guidelines so that this $ 1 Trillion industry does not become one with devices unable to communicate; or able to harm others. I do not see enough serious conversations and the number of IoT devices is exploding everyday. Check this: 

http://tinyurl.com/lp5egb4
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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1/30/2014 | 1:24:28 AM
Re : How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things
@ Ido Sarig, very well said! If our bread is destined to be eaten, why not eat that ourselves. There is no point in waiting for someone to steal rather snatch that piece of bread from us. New technology will ultimately replace the old one. It's better to equip ourselves to make the most out of the opportunity instead of hoping in vain that nothing will change.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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1/30/2014 | 1:24:31 AM
Re : How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things
It is certainly the first and the most important step to recognize the problems to be solved. Without recognizing the problem there can be little hope if any to have a solution. It is always helpful to think in terms of transformation according to new circumstances. Many companies have done it successfully in the past. IoT will bring as much opportunities for successful transformation as the perceived threats.


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