IoT Deployments Driving Cloud Surge

Article By : George Leopold

AWS and Microsoft Azure enable the provisioning of secure edge devices.

It comes as little surprise that a survey of emerging Internet of Things deployments is being led by the same tech giants that dominate cloud computing.

According to a competitive assessment of the IoT rollout by the technology market advisor ABI Research, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services lead the way in connecting edge devices to cloud infrastructure. ABI examined key technological criteria such as life cycle management and IoT onboarding.

Onboarding refers to the process of installing security and configuration data onto a device, allowing it to connect and interact securely with an IoT platform. The assessment also ranks security updates and firmware-over-the-air along with trusted device identification.

While AWS and Microsoft Azure provision most cloud-based IoT deployments, other players such as Intel Corp. are focusing on securing the IoT “device identity” supply chain. Along with Intel, other device securers include Device Authority and Pelion.

Related IoT ecosystems components include hardware module manufacturers. Among the leaders, according to ABI, are London-based IoT and machine-to-machine communications specialist Telit along with Paris-based Thales.

ABI’s assessment notes the importance of collaboration in meshing the emerging IoT ecosystem.

“Cloud device management alone is not enough to guarantee victory; the importance of critical partnerships is as relevant as ever to increase market reach and not be consumed by the competition,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, ABI Research’s senior analyst for IoT and digital security.

“Intelligent solutions and automation are required for a sustainable lifecycle management environment, and even criteria like [development] tools and resource modularity can greatly add to the popularity of certain solutions and shape future IoT-borne revenue streams,” Pavlakis added.

In addition to hardware and security, including encryption, scale also helps. Hence, cloud leaders AWS and Microsoft are positioning themselves to shape the future of IoT deployments while forging strategic partnerships deemed critical by the market analyst.

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Those opportunities are fueling the cloud market leaders’ command of the public cloud sector. Combined, AWS and Microsoft account for more than half of global cloud revenues, according to Synergy Research Group.

“Microsoft has been slowly gaining ground on Amazon and the gap between their market shares has narrowed by two percentage points over the last year,” the cloud market tracker noted in reporting first-quarter 2021 cloud infrastructure services revenue.

AWS and Microsoft “continue to invest billions of dollars every quarter in expanding their global data center footprint, while at the same time enhancing their cloud service portfolios,” according to John Dinsdale, chief analyst at Synergy Research.

Those cloud service enhancements clearly include connecting a growing list of secure IoT and other edge devices to the cloud behemoths’ sprawling infrastructure.

This article was originally published on EE Times.

George Leopold has written about science and technology from Washington, D.C., since 1986. Besides EE Times, Leopold’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, and other publications. He resides in Reston, Va.

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