Will There Be A Dominant IIoT Cloud Platform?
When you think about consumer cloud platforms, which ones come to mind? Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform are likely to be at the top of your list. But what about industrial cloud platforms? Which ones rise to the top for you? Well, GE’s Predix, Siemen's MindSphere, and the recently announced Honeywell Sentience are likely to be on any short list of industrial cloud platforms. But they aren’t the only ones in this space. Cisco's Jasper, IBM’s Watson IoT, Meshify, Uptake, and at least 20 others are competing to manage all those billions of sensors that are expected to encompass the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Which one do you think will end up dominating the market?
A Brief Overview of Cloud Computing
To answer the above question, let's start with a very brief overview of cloud computing to put industrial cloud platforms in their proper context. Cloud platforms are one of several services that cloud computing providers offer, with the main ones being: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Figure 1: Three Main Services of Cloud Computing
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Industrial Cloud Platforms by Industrial Companies
Industrial cloud platforms have a much deeper focus on operational technology than consumer platforms. They are designed to allow data gathering throughout manufacturing production processes, in order to improve performance as well as predict failures before they happen. Here are three industrial cloud platforms by long time industrial companies:
Industrial Cloud Platforms by Software Development Firms
Industrial companies aren’t the only ones developing industrial cloud platforms. There’s already a long list of industrial cloud platforms available from software development firms. Here are a few worth mentioning:
|Table 1: The List of Industrial Cloud Platform Providers|
IBM Watson IoT
SAP Hana Cloud
What Do You Think Will Be The Future of the Industrial Cloud?
Will there be a dominant Industrial Cloud Platform? It's hard to say at this point. GE Predix is hoping for 500,000 connected devices by the beginning of 2017, while C3 IoT is said to have 70 million devices connected to its platform already.
The Crowded Cloud of Industrial Platforms
Will this market consolidate around a few big-name platforms, or will a lesser known provider be the winner and take all? Share your thoughts on our IoT community hub.