It is clear that the use of cloud computing is much more convenient. The most important shortcoming, which can be immediately noticed, is the complete dependence on the supplier of these services. In fact, the enterprise (user) is hostage to the provider of services and the provider of Internet access. Although the reliability of cloud computing vendors is increasing, reliable efforts are required to ensure the reliability and security of data, for example, to have duplicate communication channels, duplicate power to switch to them and, of course, to think about the availability of information and security. In addition, cloud computing is completely inappropriate for enterprises related to state and military secrecy. No commission will issue a certificate for such a system when working with information that is not subject to disclosure.
Modern cloud technologies are not only used in the finished network and server equipment, but also gradually penetrate into the embedded market and cause a large-scale restructuring of the market. The introduction of embedded systems leads to the placement of computer processors in products such as energy consumption meters, intelligent sensors, M2M modules, cars, household appliances, etc. This allows you to manage the operation of devices, collect data and provide interactive capabilities by connecting to a computer network.
The idea of connecting all kinds of devices to the global network is called the Internet of Things (IoT). According to Kevin Dallas, general manager of Microsoft Windows Embedded, the idea of the Internet of things has existed for many years, but for its implementation there was not enough one link to build such a network – the clouds.
As the number of embedded computers increases due to lower prices for processors and the ubiquitous spread of the Internet, the volumes of transmitted data are also growing, followed by their processing (often in real time). Therefore, we can assume that in the coming years the role of the Internet of things and cloud computing will increase.