For whatever reason the tech world seems to like using weather metaphors to describe various levels of computing: cloud, fog, and mist being the most common. Visibility seems to be the best way to describe these, and yet somehow, it’s still not very clear what the differences are. Then, of course, we have the Internet of Things(IoT), which is just that: things. Generic on purpose. Anything and everything can be a thing! What happens when we network those things together? We get IoT. In this blog, I’m going to attempt to provide some clarity on how the mist, fog, and cloud are intertwined with IoT and how an edge database can be used throughout.
Zachary and I had the pleasure of attending #CES2019 in Las Vegas. We saw a lot of really incredible things from Flying Vehicles, to Haptic VR suits combined with human gerbil like balls, and every imaginable type of AI, 3D printer, image recognition software, and smart home device - like a cocktail maker and smart diaper.
The Internet of Things(IoT) is inherently edge biased. The“things” are all devices out in the world, not encased in a high-tech data center. Naturally, we expect initial data collection to take place on these devices, but what happens after that? Where does the data go? How is it processed? Is the data processed? Is any value derived from that data? These are all questions I think about every time I talk with customers looking to find a solution for their IoT data.
Cloud computing has been a dominant buzzword in the software industry for the last 10 years or so. Pushing workloads to remote servers has become the industry standard for almost all data processing and storage, but as the IoT community continues to innovate we find ourselves pushing some of this workload back out towards the edge. Some may call this edge computing, but others have continued with the weather related computing terms with Fog and Mist Computing. Let’s explore these concepts…