VMware Senior Solutions Engineer, IoT and Edge, West Coast
IoT is a new term attached to an old concept: Process Logic Controllers (PLCs) which have been around since 1960 when the auto industry began using them on the assembly line. The data ended up in early databases and thus, the age of analytics was born. The state of the art of the PLC today is strong.
The more recent term ‘Internet of Things’, or IoT is in many ways a rebranding of the old PLC concepts. It has been driven by a number of industry changes including cloud, cheap and power new processors, new programming languages, the growth of the ‘maker community’ and others. The major cloud providers have now latched onto IoT as a primary means to increasing cloud consumption, there by growing revenues. These device to analytics (‘End-to-end’ solution architectures are cloud-centric. Which means they are single cloud-vendor centric and technologically locking customers into only their solution. While generally fine for the smaller volumes of data and endpoints in consumer oriented applications (e.g., home cameras, health wearables, appliances) it is not suitable for industrial IoT (IIoT).
This presentation explores a new way of thinking of the end-to-end solution. Once that is totally free to use any cloud, be on any hardware and use any software for the multiple stages of data processing in the solution. This is called the Software Defined IoT (SDIOT). This new way of looking at solving the IIoT (and IoT) problems around vendor/technology lockin, on-premise and on-site, and overcoming the latency challenges that make real-time analytics at the edge possible are covered. The term ‘edge’ has become muddled and exaggerated – this presentation examines the terms and places the correct terms usage in context of the new multi-tire SDIOT proposed architecture. Finally, an example of the costs and benefits are compared and contrasted with a cloud-vendor, cloud-centric solution.
The workshop is a free-flowing format with short lectures, then white boarding and vigorous Q&A, then moving to the next topic. AT the end, attendees will have a firm foundation of IoT today and how the SDIOT concept solves so many issues and why it is the emerging construct pattern for solutions. Finally, attendees will be given information on how to steer their career paths into the emerging field and be ready to fill the jobs it will create.