Amazon AWS

Jeff Barr, whom I’ve known for quite some time now from different conferences (yes, even before Amazon was what you know Amazon for today) announced on December 18 the beta period to be over and “AWS IoT is now generally available“.

From the Blog Entry:

“We built AWS IoT because connected devices are proliferating. They are in your house, your car, your office, your school, and perhaps even in your body! Like some of our more advanced customers, we have been building systems around connected devices for quite some time. Our experience with Amazon Robotics, drones (Amazon Prime Air), the Amazon Echo, the Dash Button, and multiple generations of Kindles has given us a well-informed perspective on how to serve this really important emerging market. Behind the scenes, AWS services such as AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon Redshift provide the responsive, highly scalable infrastructure needed to build a robust IoT application.

When we talked to our customers and to our own engineers, we learned quite a bit about the pain points that add complexity and development time to IoT applications. They told us that connecting devices to the cloud is overly complex due to the variety of SDKs and protocols that they need to support in a secure and scalable fashion. Making this even more difficult is the fact that many devices “feature” intermittent connectivity to the Internet, even as application logic shifts from the device to the cloud. Finally, the sheer volume of data generated by the sensors attached to the devices mandates a Big Data approach to storage, analytics, and visualization.

These are, to be sure, some steep requirements. As you can read in my post above, we have designed AWS IoT with all of them in mind.”

AWS IoT features a SQL-like programming interface and lightweight communication protocols. It’s designed to be highly scalable so that it can accommodate an ever-changing and ever-growing number of devices, to which the service assigns unique identifiers. Companies can store, process, analyze and act on data these devices generate.The cloud platform addresses certain verticals such as agriculture, automotive, logistics, healthcare, municipal infrastructure, oil and gas, and robotics.

Amazon has AWS IoT. Microsoft recently announced Azure IoT. If you’re not already on-board, I guess the only question I have for you is what exactly are you waiting for?