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How the Internet of Things Can Be Good for Small Businesses

Every business and technologically-oriented person has heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) by now, and how small devices will do things we never thought were possible. The Internet of Things has been closely linked with the rise of the smart home, where someone could ideally jumpstart their coffee maker and lights from their smartphone.

The real growth of the Internet of Things will occur with businesses, where it can work together with big data to make things more efficient. A basic example of the Internet of Things comes from British Petroleum, which for years has distributed thousands of wearables as part of its corporate wellness program to have a better idea of their employees' health and thus reduce health insurance costs. Small businesses stand to be the biggest beneficiary of the IoT, as it will let them catch up with many of the advantages which a large corporation have dominated until now.

Here are some of the advantages which the Internet of Things can offer any business, as well as how to prepare your business for this technological revolution.

The Power of Data

Analysts have been talking about big data even more than the IoT, but so many businesses seem to think that big data is for big businesses who can afford huge amounts of servers. The Internet of Things will change that.

IoT is fundamentally about the idea that all sorts of objects which you would have never thought of connecting to the Internet 10 or 20 years ago like watches or refrigerators or lights can now be connected. But the most important thing about this is that through these connections, each and every one of these devices will emit data which can be used to improve a business's efficiency.

Take those aforementioned smart lights for example. Many businesses and reporters have pointed out how the Internet of Things could use smart lights and data to improve energy efficiency by gathering data on how much heating, cooling, and lights are needed at any particular moment. Data about energy usage once had to be done by a maintenance worker checking the amount of power consumed once a month. Now it can be done in real time. And most importantly for small business, it requires sensors and devices which anyone can get their hands on.

Of course, small businesses will have to confront the challenge of storing mountains of data produced by the Internet of Things, which some experts predict will reach 600 zettabytes or 600 trillion gigabytes by 2020. Fortunately, small businesses can adjust to this explosion of data by migrating away from traditional data servers and embracing the cloud.

Read more about cloud storage and remote workers at TechCo

Innovation and Creative Thinking

Data in and of itself is useless if a small business leader cannot come up with creative solutions to leverage the information.

As an example Inc. talks about the Aquaco fish farm as to how a small business can use the IoT to improve their business. Aquaco uses the data gathered by sensors placed in tiny recording devices to regulate feeding, monitor oxygen levels and other environmental factors to alert them in advance of when things might be going on, and continually looks for new, efficient means to use the data gathered by their sensors.

Another example of IoT benefits include customer service. As noted above, some businesses like Aquaco use IoT sensors to detect when a device is about to fail or reaching dangerous parameters. But if a business put their sensors in a device they sell to customers, they could tell the customers when said device is about to fail and offer a replacement. While customer service in the past looks to fix a customer's problems, customer service with the IoT could head off those problems before they become serious. By rewarding innovation and creativity, the IoT will thus reward small businesses who can more quickly and efficiently carry out new ideas and concepts.

The IoT for many has been an esoteric concept where a lot of technology is hyped out but nothing actually changes in our normal lives. But as engines of innovation and practically, small businesses are the vehicle that can truly bring the IoT to its full potential, as they use the data gathered to come up with far more solutions and changes than larger corporations can.

The Internet of Things is a continual process where additional data leads to solutions which encourages the spread of data which leads to further solutions. Small businesses will find the solutions to problems which we do not even know are problems today.

Source is From : https://tech.co/iot-small-business-big-data-2017-07#.WWUhkJVDqD4.twitter

hulda echave asked this on Jul 18, 2017 Posted in Salesforce.com0 answers

Why Serverless Cloud Solutions Will Reduce IT Costs


The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the leading public cloud service providers, 451 Research determined that IBM generally offers the least expensive service, with Microsoft leading for certain other configurations.

According to the 451 Research assessment, the TCO of serverless tends to be lower than VMs, even when the VM is hosting containers, because there is no need for developers to provision, configure and manage the infrastructure.

As an example, when a serverless function is active for just three quarters of the month, it only takes a 10-minute saving in operational overhead for serverless to beat virtual machines on TCO.

451 Research analysts believe that even without the savings in developer time, the ability of serverless to increase utilisation means it is cheaper than using VMs when the code is executed fewer than 500,000 times each month.

451 Research finds that IBM is least expensive for 0.1 second duration scripts, and Azure is cheapest for 10-second scripts - assuming memory requirements match predetermined size allocations.

Besides, IBM offers a distinct cost advantage by allowing users to choose exact memory requirements, whereas other cloud service providers round up the figures, resulting in users typically paying for unused capacity.

That being said, and considering the similarities in pricing methods and offerings between cloud service providers, 451 Research believes serverless is poised to undergo a round of price cutting this year.

"Serverless is more than just hype; it has the potential to transform the way we develop, build and run applications in the cloud. Understanding the economics of serverless technology is vital to understanding its potential to disrupt the industry," said Owen Rogers, research director at 451 Research.

Outlook for serverless cloud services

Freemium serverless offerings are already fueling the growth of new services by stimulating experimentation and helping enterprises gain skills. In the analyst's opinion, this could result in serverless solutions becoming the next cloud 'price war' battleground.

451 Research expects adoption of serverless - or FaaS (functions as a service) - to continue growing over the next few years. In its 2016 market study, 37 percent of the IT decision-makers surveyed were already using serverless technology.

The term 'serverless' implies that no servers are used to run an application or service. But in reality, this model means that developers and cloud service providers do not encounter the typical complexity and maintenance management of VMs or containers.

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katherine daisy asked this on Jul 13, 2017 Posted in Salesforce.com0 answers

The Changing Face of Security in the Age of The Cloud

The computing world just keeps on progressing but as we all know with  progress comes additional challenges. This is especially true of  challenges around security. Every advance in computing has given rise to  the same question: “how do we secure this new toy?”

When client/server architecture was all the rage in the late 1990s  there was great excitement about the advantages it brought about but  also a concern for the security implications of distributed clients and  centralised servers. When server consolidation came of age in the early  2000s the concern was how to keep applications secure when running on  the same server.

In the age of cloud computing,  we seem to have introduced more security impacts than ever before.  Cloud computing has been the basis for many tremendous benefits in the  computing industry and has positively impacted many businesses around  the world. While we can celebrate all the advances we need to be very  aware of all the new threats that have come with the steps forward. The  following are some of the areas that concern security professionals in  the 2017:

Cloud

As I have stated in a past article, security concerns are still the number one impediment to cloud adoption in the computing world today. With that said, more and more  organisations are moving production workloads to the cloud every day and  how to secure those workloads is a question with no single answer.  Whether cloud workloads are treated as if they are in one's own data  centre or secured through as-a-service tools, placing workloads into the  cloud comes with some measure of uncertainty that requires research,  planning, and execution to mitigate.

Edge/fog networks

The concept behind fog computing isn’t really all that new. I  remember moving web servers to the outer edge of the network, outside  the firewall, so that they can be closer to the users. The difference  now is that fog computing supports larger numbers of devices either at  the edge of the managed network or, in the case of IoT, placed  physically very far from the control plane.

The somewhat obvious threat vector is the vulnerability of these  fog/edge to attack and the continuation of that attack to the control  plane, aggregation layer or even all the way to the virtual private  network or data centre. This needs to be dealt with in much the same way  as this type of problem was handled in past. The fog/edge devices need  to be hardened and the communications path between those devices and the  aggregation layer and the data centre (cloud or other) need to be  secured.

Mobile users

It was so much easier to secure an environment when we knew who our  user base was. Well, not anymore. The preponderance of mobile devices  that the service developers can have no control over, leaves the service  network open to attack via those devices. A user who utilises your  provided tested and secured app could easily have installed another app  which is just a front for malware of some kind. Beyond just writing apps  that are secure the systems as the front end of the data centre or  cloud environment that support these apps have to be strongly secured.  Additionally, communications between app and service layer need to be  secured and monitored.  

Malware

On June 26 the largest container shipping company in the world Maersk  Lines, Russian oil producer Rosneft, and pharmaceutical giant Merck,  along with hundreds of other institutions around the world, were all but  shut down by a global malware/ransomware attack.

That the perpetrators used various public cloud-based resources to launch the attack is a very real possibility. Security professionals  around the globe are concerned about the form the next big malware,  virus, or ransomware attack will take. Practical and logical steps,  including planning for recovery, training, and maintenance, need to be  taken to prevent organisations from falling prey to these attacks.

Global data expansion

Many years ago, I wrote an article on how server consolidation can  positively impact data centre security by reducing the number of  operating system instance to maintain and by reducing the number of  possible targets for hackers. In today's ever expanding global data  environment we have to ask ourselves: have we provided too many targets  for the bad guys?

The answer is maybe. Each individual and organisation have to be  engaged in preventing data loss and data theft by utilising the many  means of securing data that exist today. Data at rest encryption,  automated and versioned replication or version backup, are just some of  the ways an enterprise can protect themselves. These security concepts  apply equally to preventing and/or recovering from malware attacks.

The only way to survive the many security threats that exist is  to: recognise the threats, learn about them and how to fight them; build  a comprehensive plan for protecting your organisation and for reaction  to and recovery from an attack; whether it is basic security maintenance  or implementation of major security efforts, take action. Don’t just  sit back and wait for an attack to happen.

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