The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing often go hand in hand as the IoT generates massive amounts of data and the cloud offers an effective way for end-users to store it. But while the cloud creates ease of use for end-users, issues remain with today’s cloud landscape that need to be solved.
Today’s Cloud Landscape
One of the largest issues the cloud ecosystem faces is a lack of interoperability among cloud vendors. Cloud interoperability allows the seamless deployment and migration of application workloads across hardware and software resources from multiple cloud providers or vendors. While the cloud works to streamline and automate data storage, these benefits are hindered by poor interoperability in today’s fragmented IoT ecosystem. Lack of company collaboration and industry partnerships results in vendor lock-in, which can lead to a negative end-user experience.
Finance and resource concerns are another major roadblock in cloud computing, as time and money are required to develop and maintain cloud application programming interfaces (API). Cloud API maintenance requires a training investment for technologies specific to each cloud vendor and this may affect a company’s bottom line. Another cloud ecosystem hurdle to overcome is ensuring security is implemented by design. Cloud interoperability issues and improper cloud development and maintenance often results in security vulnerabilities that exploit more attack surfaces.