The IoT also helps to track and control food production processes. In addition, the IoT network in production includes equipment with sensors and software for collecting, exchanging data and remote control.
Thus, devices from hundreds of manufacturers are included in one IoT network, not all of which adhere to the same standards and protocols. Such a zoo of devices leads to problems with information exchange, establishing communication between devices and joint event processing at the interface level. In addition, devices for the Internet of Things are constantly evolving, making it difficult to dynamically connect, interact and manage.
A large number of devices of different generations on the same network and the need for large computing power led to a logical decision – migration to the cloud.
Moving to a cloud platform makes it easier to collect data from geographically dispersed locations with the help of IT Professional Services providers, such as multiple factories or farms. Creates a reliable gateway for collecting, aggregating, analyzing and storing the received data. The cloud provides a set of essential parameters for reliable operation , including redundancy, flexible scaling, and elasticity.
Private or public cloud for industrial companies
The choice between private and public cloud is pretty straightforward. When a company builds a private cloud, it benefits from security because no one else has access to the cloud. On the other hand, a private cloud owner has to bear the entire cost burden on his own. This is quite costly, as it requires significant capital investment and the hiring of a staff of qualified specialists to ensure the operation of the cloud infrastructure.
If a company chooses a public cloud, it moves from a large CAPEX capital investment to an economical OPEX operating expense. This translates into dramatic cost savings.
Firstly, equipment costs are reduced – now these costs are covered by the IaaS provider. And in return, it provides access to the latest technologies from anywhere in Russia.
Secondly, the burden on the IT department of the company is reduced. Now it works more efficiently. There is no need to keep spare machines in case of a sharp increase in power. The number of approvals for purchases with the financial service decreases, as the need for equipment upgrades decreases.
Now the provider ensures the security, reliability and elasticity of the system, and the TIER III data center provides the provider’s customers with 99.9% SLA.
Modern technologies allow you to migrate to the cloud on your own, without the help of a provider. With VMware vCloud Availability, enterprise IT engineers can move workloads to the cloud on their own. Working through the vCloud Director control panel allows you to work in a virtual environment in the same way as in a local one.
The services that can migrate to the cloud primarily include IoT platforms , as well as systems such as MES, CRM, ERP, file servers and application applications.
The right time to migrate
In the life cycle of every enterprise, there comes a period when it is necessary to update outdated infrastructure. This problem cannot always be solved by purchasing new expensive equipment. This time is a good opportunity for a painless transition to the Infrustrictire as a Service model.
Migration to the cloud is cheaper than upgrading your own hardware. And its result for the enterprise is a quick transition to the latest technologies and a ready-made flexible infrastructure for deploying IIoT, MES, SCM and other platforms.
The scalable resources of the provider are ready for peak loads, for example, before the holidays, and the cost of renting IaaS consists only of the actually consumed computing power.