As the Internet of Things matures we continue to see design patterns come and go, with some evolving and some disappearing. The time has come- Store and Forward needs to go. This paradigm served as an initial step in shifting to the edge, but it should not survive. In this blog I’ll introduce the concepts of Store and Forward along with an explanation of its inferiority to other, more modern edge computing paradigms.
I recently completed a four yearComputer Science degree via distance learning through a university in my home country of New Zealand. While extremely challenging at times, the work was compelling and it was an enjoyable endeavor overall. One of the courses I completed was called Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, which I will condense into a few points of interest below.
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.
During a recent trip to NodeJS Interactive in Vancouver last October, Zach(Chief Product Officer) and Eli(Principal Engineer) spoke to multiple people who suggested they look into Node-RED, especially since they built an IoT database. The guys came back home, did some quick research, thought“this looks pretty cool,” then threw it on the backlog…where it sat for a while. Whoops. In the last few months we finally got around to diving into Node-RED and, wow, is it powerful!