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!
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The edge has been limited in functionality and performance mainly due to limited resources on each device. Sure, most devices are significantly more powerful than the machines that got us to the moon, but modern applications have also become exponentially more resource intensive.
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.