M2M FEATURE

January 30, 2013

M2M Needs More than Just Any Old Cloud


Cloud-based services and software help companies manage connected products and implement innovative M2M applications.  It is widely known that the cloud reduces risks, speeds up time to market, brings down cost, and provides better security for virtually any business needs.

But different markets need different cloud solutions.

“Everyone is moving to the cloud, but is any old cloud good enough for M2M? No, because M2M is very different than enterprise applications rolled out in the past,” explained Mike Wunderlich, sales engineer, Axeda, at an M2M Evolution Conference and Expo session this morning.

Today, more and more businesses are moving to the cloud and getting a great deal of tangible benefits from the right solution that fits their M2M needs.

“Our vision is that the cloud and the applications are built inside the network to expand and contract within the network, connected in an intimate way to the devices,” said Mallie Preston, M2M business development manager, AT&T.

In M2M today, private cloud and public cloud are being deployed at a variety of enterprises because both have their own benefits. 

Private cloud offers fast performance and strong security, and public cloud is low in cost – however performance and security is at risk, and virtual private cloud represents the best of both worlds as it provides a lower cost, high-performance cloud solution for M2M.  

According to Preston, with virtual private cloud, an enterprise can leverage existing apps, develop customer apps and integrate into back end systems.

“So much of M2M is becoming wireless, so it becomes critical that everything is tightly integrated,” said Preston. “A network-enabled cloud offers the fastest time to market and reduces time for IT to manage.”

There are many types of efficient clouds to choose from, but it’s very important to make sure your business is building the right kind of cloud to support M2M, according to Jim Wert, GM & VP Engineering, ILS Technology. When it comes to M2M, there’s a lot more that goes into operating a service and managing an enterprise infrastructure than businesses assume.

Wert commented, “You have to be careful, otherwise those fluffy clouds could turn into a hurricane.”




Edited by Braden Becker


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